Day 13: Wednesday, March 16
Second Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with a Secure Identity”
Today’s Truth that Transforms:
“Your Search for Meaning is Found in Jesus”
Scripture from 2 Peter
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1)
How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?
Searching for our purpose is related to finding our meaning in life. Jesus gives us purpose. He restores to us the purpose that God originally had for all humankind before the fall. That purpose is to reflect God’s love that He pours on us. We love God and love others. Our character reflects that in the way we become more like Christ as we serve others. The freedom of our forgiveness gives us a purpose not to live for our own selfishness, but to live for His purposes. We can reflect His love to the world as Christ lives His life in us!
How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life?
The following is an application story written by Julie Otten. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?
My meaning and purpose are discovered when I reflect God’s love by serving others. My moments of deepest satisfaction are when I am intentional about my relationship with Jesus and serving those around me. Spending time in word and prayer prepare me for service. If I don’t read his word, how can I know about his “great and precious promises?”
I recall a ski trip when I watched an elderly man struggling to remove his wife’s ski boot. I offered my help in the situation and tugged the boots off. It cost me nothing. It took little effort. But the relief and joy on her face left a lasting impact on me. (They assured me they were not ready to give up skiing, and this was the most strenuous part!) Mine was the greater blessing. I cannot remember any other details from that ski trip, but this small act of service created meaning.
In my selfishness, I miss countless opportunities to reflect Jesus. I’m tired. I’m busy. I’m distracted. I’m “ineffective and unproductive” in God’s redeeming work. Returning to God’s Word, I’m reminded that Jesus died for me. I am forgiven! I have meaning through him. What act of service can reflect Jesus to someone and create meaning in your life?