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Lent Devotional • Day 9

Day 9: Friday, March 11

First Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus by Uniting with Him”

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“Remember: Imitation through Habitation”

Scripture from Colossians, Ephesians and I Corinthians 

God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col. 1) So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (Col 2)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5)

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (I Cor. 11)

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

Consider what has been most influential in your growth as a follower of Jesus. Was it a person who was an example? Usually that is the case. It’s helpful to remember this because we are called to be examples for others. There is a principle in the Bible some refer to as the “imitation principle.” The Christian faith is caught as much as it is taught. We have those who are worth imitating because they imitate Christ. But take note of this important fact. The key to being a good imitation of Christ is being one who is inhabited by Christ. In other words, the power for a good imitation does not come from our attempts to be imitate, but from our willingness to open our lives to let Christ inhabit our lives. Remember, let’s imitate Christ for others by being inhabited by Him.

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

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

I have always loved sports, and I can remember as a kid watching every major sporting event that we could–The Super Bowl, NBA Finals, MLB World Series. And, whenever I would watch, I would sometimes invite my dad outside and imitate the catches (by Jerry Rice or John Taylor), the shots (by Michael Jordan or Kareem), or home runs (by Jose Canseco, or Mark McGuire). I would imitate them and pretend to be the hero of the game in my mind.

Today, I find myself wanting to imitate not sports heroes but faith heroes modeling after Jesus. I can’t do that by inviting my dad outside, rather I find myself building habits of faith. Daily prayer from sunrise to sunset, acts of love and encouragement to those who are not like me, reading of scripture as the first thing I do on my phone (currently on a streak of 119 straight days of using the bible app). The habits I put into place help me focus not on being like Jesus, but being like His disciples. None of us are perfect, but we all are following the perfect ONE. 

Join me in starting a habit that leads to imitating for the world a discipleship of following the perfect Savior.