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Lent Devotionals: Tuesday, March 14

You are God’s Treasure

So this week’s scripture from 2 Corinthians can pretty much sum up the feelings of a lot of us today.  “We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed.  We are confused, but we aren’t depressed.  We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned.  We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out.”
Paul was under attack by people who were accusing him of being deceptive, that he was twisting God’s word, his motives were interpreted wrong and his actions were misunderstood.
Those same attacks are alive and well in our lives today.  People talk badly about you, they will criticize you to others, and they will complain that you fall short of what they think you should do. 
Each one of us has been on the receiving end of such talk.  It is amazing how such things cause us to question ourselves, to doubt ourselves.  Am I worthy?  Why can’t I be like so-and-so?  Why is this happening to me?  Am I a bad person?  The questions will fly from there.  You need only read the beginning of the scriptures to understand that as believers we are called to live above the questions.  We are God’s treasure.  “But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesn’t come from us.”
You see just as with Paul, it is with us, we all live imperfect lives.   Paul was created for a purpose.  We are created for a purpose.  God uses our strengths, our weaknesses, our abilities, our afflictions and our less than stellar moments.  We are God’s treasure in the clay pots.  You can never understand how your life can make a difference until you share your life with others.  Your strength and your shortcomings lived for God’s purpose can further God’s kingdom here on earth in powerful and meaningful ways.  
Living for God’s purpose is sometimes easier said than done.  It does require something of us.  It requires us to let go of ourselves and let God’s power work through us.   It takes practice.  It takes us making mistakes.  It takes us falling short.  It takes us carrying Jesus’ death around in our bodies so that His life can be seen in ours.    We won’t be perfect, but God’s perfect love WILL work through us.
As the Lenten season continues, may God work in all of us to help us let go of ourselves so that all anyone can see is Him living in us!  God Bless you and keep you in your Lenten journey.
 
Karen Cooper
Children’s Ministry Director


Lent Devotionals: Monday, March 13

2 Corinthians 4:8-11, CEB


We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed. We are confused, but we aren’t depressed.  We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out.  We always carry Jesus’ death around in our bodies so that Jesus’ life can also be seen in our bodies.  We who are alive are always being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake so that Jesus’ life can also be seen in our bodies that are dying.
 

Meditation

The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fighting’s without; yet we are not destroyed. The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ’s resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.

Prayer:  Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children, we praise you for all you have given us, for all you have done for us, for all that you are to us.  In our weakness, you are strength, in our darkness, you are light,  in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.

We cannot number your blessings, we cannot declare your love.   For all your blessings we bless you. May we live as in your presence, and love the things that you love, and serve you in our daily lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen!