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Lent Devotional • Day 7

Day 7: Wednesday, March 9
First Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus by Uniting with Him”

TODAY’S TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS:

“Jesus THROUGH You—Trust His Ongoing Work”

Scripture from 2 Corinthians

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all
died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is
here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5)

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

The very nature of God is love. That means God cares for those beyond Himself. It is His nature. Each person of the Godhead–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–honor, delight and love the others. It doesn’t stop there. It is poured into his creation when He breathed His breath into Adam and Eve and made them in His likeness. This likeness to God is a nature that loves those beyond themselves. In the sinful fall, this love was rejected and now is distorted in our world. But Jesus has restored this love to those who trust Him. He gave His life FOR us that He might live IN us and now work THROUGH us. We become new creations who can literally represent the love of God to the world. We share God’s invitation to the world to receive His love just as we have received it!

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

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

As parents, we simply aren’t prepared for the task of raising kids. It’s a lot of pressure! We hope to raise well-adjusted adults and committed followers of Jesus, all the while trying to avoid the judgmental glances of those who “know better.” And sometimes— if we’re honest — we feel a bit lost.

On this journey of parenting, how easy is it for us to become weary, neglecting the relationship and formation of these precious souls? Too often, I find myself treating my kids as a nuisance instead
of the blessing they are. I let sin and selfishness reign in my heart. But there is a better way! When
I take a step back from myself and start to spend more time in God’s word, I begin to view this work of parenthood through the lens of Jesus and his plan for the world. I’m convicted to change my attitude and maybe even some of my actions. From apologizing when we wrong our kids (yes, parents mess up, too!), to listening to the details of their latest obsession without letting our eyes glaze over, to having tough conversations about the heart issues we’re seeing in our kids as they grow — all of these are opportunities to sharpen our faith and grow in our dependence on the One who gave us our kids in the first place, and loves them even more than we do. We will fail; we are humans living in a sinful world! Our loving Father is ready to help us when we call on him. “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

One thing is for sure: if we let Him, Jesus will refine us through the experience of parenting our kids. Jesus is always at work in our lives, no mistake. But his power is revealed even more when we join him in his work.