Lenten Devotional – Friday, March 15th

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By: Neal Kimes

2 Corinthians 8:9

Reflection—v. 9 ‘by his poverty you might become rich’

In this season of Lent, when we think about Christ’s sacrifice and the sacrifices we as Christians are called to make, the phrase ‘losing to win’ comes to mind. For me, to sacrifice something means that I must be willing to give up something that is important, but ultimately it is for the sake of something that I deem more important. We live in a culture that loves winners—those who succeed by a certain set of standards. But I think the real winners today were the losers of yesterday. In fact, by the standards of his society, Jesus wasn’t exactly seen as a winner either. But he chose to give up everything. In this season of Lent, are we willing to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus by giving up something important—a meal perhaps, or our time, a treasured resource, or even just a listening ear for the well-being of another? True power is knowing that you could bring a favorable result just for yourself, but instead, through sacrifice founded in love and humility, you choose to help and benefit someone else. Everyday God reminds me of this beautiful grace through his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and my prayer is that we all choose to walk in this grace, as well.

 

Prayer Lord and Savior, may we be open to walking in your grace—choosing to lose or sacrifice those things we hold too closely, that all may experience your grace through us.