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Lent Devotional • Day 6

Day 6: Tuesday, March 8
First Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus by Uniting with Him”

TODAY’S TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS:

“Jesus IN You—Trust His TRANSFORMING Work”

Scripture from Ephesians

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2)

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3)

How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?

Because Jesus is FOR us, we are saved. But that is not the end of the story. That’s the beginning. As we trust Him for His saving work, we are attached to Him. In that union we now have a new transforming power: Jesus IN us. God’s Holy Spirit brings Jesus himself to give us His presence and His likeness. For some, this looks like inviting Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. For others, this reality is mindful of new ways of thinking like Christ. For still others, it is simply a new security in feeling the significance of Christ’s love. No longer do we have to prove to others that we have value and worth. God wants his relationship with us to be this personal. Jesus IN us. We can trust His transforming work.

How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life?

The following is an application story written by Yvonne Wilson. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?

As you read this, keep the Mission Impossible Theme in your head. The good thing about the Good News of Jesus and our transformation is that it is not Mission Impossible, but Mission Possible with the power of the Holy Spirit. We are created for good works. We are created to find the good works that God created for us in advance. That is a seek and serve mission: 1. Seek out the “assign- ment” God has put in plain sight for you. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness! When I think of a seek and serve mission, I know that some of the undertakings God has planned for me are right in plain sight. Using the relationship and love I have with Jesus is the “homing mechanism” that can help me to find what I need to do. My heart looks around and asks, “Who can I serve today?” I can give an energetic smile to someone who looks blue. I can find a sincere compliment that I can give to

a coworker who is always grouchy. (Not just once, but repeated.) This is not a “me first” mission, but a “We first” mission. Jesus and I survey my day and find small kindnesses to do with great love, the love of Jesus. When I choose to accept all kindness assignments, God energizes me with the power of the Holy Spirit to go the extra mile for those who are trapped in sin and sadness. Those are the people who need the kindness of Jesus the most. (End with REALLY LOUD Mission Possi- ble theme in your head.)