Devotion for the First Tuesday in Advent

Luke 3:10-14 (ESV)

10 And the crowds asked him [John the Baptist], “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Heavenly Father, we think of Advent as a time of prayer and contemplation in preparation for the coming of Christ. Yet John the Baptist reminds us we need to do more—we must live our lives in accordance with Your Word, putting our faith into action. Help us to help others and to treat all of your children with justice and mercy, as You treat us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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