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Lent Devotional • Day 12

Day 12: Tuesday, March 15

Second Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with a Secure Identity”

 

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“Your Search for Significance is Found in Jesus”

Scripture from Ephesians 

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3)

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

Searching for our personal significance is related to finding our value or importance. In other words, just how much do we matter? The reading talks about knowing a love that surpasses knowledge. This love is a measurement of our significance. Jesus loves us so much that He would give up His intimate relationship with His Father so that we would never have to experience being separated from Him. When Jesus took our sin on Himself on the cross, He experienced that separation from the Father. He experienced hell. It’s what sin deserves. But he paid the debt and conquered our enemy sin and the devil. The resurrection proves it. Now, His love continues as he now pours His presence and His power in our lives. Why? Because to Him, we are worth it! That’s how significant we are! 

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

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

I have often struggled with not being good enough. Not a good enough person, not a good enough nurse, not a good enough director, not a good enough body, not a good enough Christian . . . And, of all of the many things that weigh me down in this area, being a Christian is the one that concerns me the most. I want to serve where I am called and please and love the Lord.

So, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to you to know that one day I came to a crisis of not being good enough – and actually feeling sorry for myself, not knowing what to do. But then, a still small voice spoke gently, “You are right, my beloved. You are not good enough. You will never be, but isn’t that the point of My coming for you?”

I don’t have to strive or do. I am loved as I am, made perfectly in His image. And as His Body, we are called to love and to provide loving action where it is needed, where He calls us. His love is so great and his paid price, so high. There is nothing we can do to merit that love, ever. So, stop striving, beloved, and be. Take the time you need in the shelter of His wing, so you can fly where He sends you.