Lent Devotional • Day 10

Day 10: Saturday, March 12

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

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“Give Time to Developing Intimacy with Jesus”

Scripture from John 

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  (John 14) 

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

Here’s a simple question with profound implications: Who do you like hanging out with? Is it a spouse or intimate friend? Family member? Friend you enjoy recreation with? What’s common in your answers? Likely it is JOY. Joy is the atmosphere among people who like to spend time together. It’s a way that we grow close to one another. What about your time spent with God? Is it filled with JOY? Have you planned your time reading His word as a time of JOY where you get to know each other better? How about JOY in your prayer life? Maybe add some praise music? What will be key? JOY! That’s at the heart of praising God. Read again the key to intimacy in John 14. Jesus words: “I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete!”

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

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

Jesus desires an intimate relationship. These verses from John are a word picture of a loving, intimate relationship. Intimacy requires deep knowledge, love, trust, and daily communication. I became a Christian as a child and have had an ongoing relationship with Jesus since then. But, sadly, I couldn’t characterize it as an intimate relationship. I didn’t have daily personal time with God; reading scripture and prayer seemed to be on an as-needed basis. Jesus was like a friendly handyman that I called when there was a need. It gave me great comfort to know I had his number and could call him anytime, but that’s not an intimate relationship.

Years ago, a Facebook invitation for a Bible in One Year app appeared in my newsfeed. I scrolled past it, then scrolled back.  Why not give it a try, I thought. A habit slowly took hold, I was committed. In time, the Word changed my focus, a little more God, a little less me. I started to hear God speak to me in ways I hadn’t heard him before. My daily exercise time became prayer and worship time as I listened to Christian music. Jesus really drew me in to a deeper relationship. He was always there waiting; I just needed to join him. My relationship with him is now more vibrant and intimate than ever before. Time spent daily with Jesus is life changing. Responding to his invitation to “abide in me” is something you will never regret.