Today's reading

Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” –Luke 23:42 NIV

March 13, 2023

Remember Me

Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” –Luke 23:42 NIV

Have you ever read the account in Luke 23 about the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus? In Luke 23:39-43 (NIV), one of the thieves hurled insults at Jesus. He mockingly shouted, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Why don’t you save yourself and us?” But the other thief, realized that he was in the presence of the Lord and rebuked the angry thief: “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” In faith, the repentant thief then turned to Jesus and asked the Lord to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” The repentant thief didn’t have to beg, fast, or accomplish any work to earn his salvation. His life up to that time had been lost in sin, but in one moment, he was ushered into paradise. Many think that salvation is complicated, when all it really takes is faith and true repentance. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).

prayer focuses

Thank You, Lord, for the gift of salvation. Help me to be worthy of being Your child.

Help me, Lord, to be better prepared to share the good news of Your salvation today.


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.