Daily Lenten Devotion Thursday, April 10

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Psalm 126; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 and Mark 10:17-31

Mark 10:17-31 – 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

I’ve shared before that I believe eternal life begins as we trust and believe in Christ. It can begin even now. So, when the man ran up and asked Jesus; “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The man may have been thinking of life after death, but for Jesus what was more important was the man’s life right here and right now. So it is with us. What’s important is life here and now. Life lived in the midst of the kingdom given unto us through Jesus giving his life for us. So, what’s important is our life this very day.

Read the passage now, as if you are the one asking Jesus; “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Hear Jesus’ response. Most of us can say “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Then hear Jesus say unto you, as he gazes into your very eyes, your very soul. “you lack one thing; ……..” I didn’t fill in the answer, for I believe for each of us it will be different.

What keeps you from giving your all to Christ? What keeps you from following him in the here and now? As I ask this of you, I am asking it of myself as well.

Then in the reading from 2 Corinthians we hear;

2 Corinthians 3:7-18 – 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Throughout our life it is God’s hope that we can grow into His glory revealed through Christ and given to us through the Holy Spirit.

As we near the end of Lent 2014 may we not come with a sense that we have finished the race but only that we have continued the journey which Christ called and calls us to. The race of growing closer to God and growing in faith and faithfulness throughout all our days.

O God, I know I put up many roadblocks, many detours in my journey with you. Reveal to me my all that keeps me from fully following you and guide me on your path of eternal life. Amen.

Psalm 126 – 3   The LORD has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.

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