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Lent Devotional • Day 27

Day 27: Friday, April 1

Fourth Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with Commitment to Community”

 

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“Jesus Continues His Ministry to the World through the Church”

Scripture from 1 Peter 

 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Ptr 2)

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

God does not need our help to accomplish His mission. He is God. He can make anything happen. This keeps us humble. What keeps us motivated? It is the fact that He did choose us to accomplish His mission! He gave the church the responsibility to represent His love to the world. As we demonstrate this love, we pursue making disciples of Jesus. It’s not just a club inviting people to an auditorium with the best show in town! We are a living building, a spiritual house, which is built on Christ. We bring people out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus.

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

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

Happy April “Fools” day. My first Easter Message in 1982 at St Mark’s Lutheran in Houston was from the scripture above titled “Weird and Unique.” 

1 Corinthians 2:14 says, ”The unbeliever doesn’t welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him…”

Here are some abbreviated stories of being weird and unique, that maybe also looked foolish.

At God’s direction, I gave away our only car and was 15 miles from home without transportation, but 10 minutes later a man gave me a much nicer car than the one I had just given away.

God inspired us to offer our only refrigerator to a church that burned down, and on the exact day we gave it away, another nicer refrigerator was given to us.

While waiting outside of the Vice President’s office, my wife and I were informed by the Secret Service that we were not on the approved list, and not allowed in. We began to pray in the Spirit, and twenty minutes later we were told that our names had suddenly appeared on the computer screen and we were admitted for our meeting. 

While driving on I-70 with a friend, God told me to roll up my window, but leave my friend’s window down. Ten minutes later a cattle truck passed and my window was hit with a large amount of green cow manure at 65 mph.

I’m weird and unique, and a fool for Christ. Who’s fool, are you? 

Check out Isaiah 1:19. Transformation comes through willing obedience.