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Lent Devotional • Day 33

Day 33: Friday, April 8

Fifth Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with Power in the Holy Spirit”

 

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“The Holy Spirit Leads Us to Love Extravagantly”

Scripture from John

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (Jn 12)

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

Today’s reading is takes place right before Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem for the last week of His life. God the Father wants to pour out His love on His Son, and He uses Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus). She pours out the costly ointment that reminds us Jesus is the Messiah. Messiah means the Anointed One. The Greek word is “Christ.” The Holy Spirit is pictured as poured out in anointing. The fragrance, like prayer, fills the room. It is extravagant love from the Father given by Mary. Jesus will take this smell with Him into the next week’s trials. As he smells it again, He will remember the fragrant love of God Himself poured out on Him by Mary. We, like Mary, can pour out our love on Jesus in extravagant ways as we love those around us even in the simplest of ways! 

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

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

I have the honor and privilege of working with individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty. The simplest, but greatest love that I am blessed to share is by affirming and encouraging Jesus’ hurting and hungry ones with the truth that He is always here, and always hears us. 

Together we claim Jesus’ victory and the Holy Spirit anointing over life’s challenges.

“When I feel rejected or abandoned, Holy Spirit remind me of your presence that gives me God-confidence.”

“When I feel angry or resentful, Jesus remind me of your love that covers my fears.”

“When I seek human approval, Jesus confirm my identity in You.”

“When I seek to control, Jesus let me humbly rest in your provision with Holy Spirit anointed patience.”

“When I feel depressed or have self-pity, Jesus show me joy in my circumstances.”

“When I am dishonest, Jesus let me claim your forgiveness.”

“When my feelings are frozen, Holy Spirit give me safety and freedom to grieve.”

“When I am isolated, Holy Spirit send safe and healthy community.”

“When my self-esteem is low, Jesus gently remind me that I can always trust You.”

“When I worry, Jesus anoint me with Holy Spirit peace that passes human understanding.”

How do you see this truth in your life? Let’s pray for Christ’s transforming love:

Dear Lord, please remind me that you wonderfully created me and each person for your special and unique purpose. I claim Jesus victory and celebrate that You are always here and You always hear us. With Holy Spirit anointing, let our love be a place of safe shelter. Let our love share provision with those in need. Let our love reflect Your hope and never give up. Let our love affirm each person in our spheres of influence, that we are here and we hear you! Amen.

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