Sunday, March 4, 2012

(Dutch) Reformed Church in America Lent Devotions for Saturday, 3 March 2012


Posted: 02 Mar 2012 06:12 AM PST
"Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them...Then a cloud overshadowed them and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him!" (Mark 9:2-3, 7).
These powerful verses describe the transfiguration—a wondrous event that proves Jesus' sovereign power in heaven and on earth. Well before Jesus bore the bitter cup of punishment for our sin, God bestowed him with power from on high. These verses remind me that God prepares those he has called for a purpose. Our tests or trials are never in vain. Many times it is through the storms and turbulent winds that we find the sun of a new day.
Each one of us has a purpose in God's kingdom. God needs all of his children to serve the kingdom of heaven. What is your call or purpose? What spiritual gift can you give the world? What fruit do you need to bear to serve God and others? These are questions to ponder as we enter the season of Lent.
When we reflect on the glory and majesty of Jesus, we can find hope and the purpose of our lives can be transformed. Paul reminds us in Romans 12:2 to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can cast our cares on God, for he truly cares for us.
By remaining obedient, God is able to fill us with a power that trumps earthly power. Throughout the Bible, God gives power to those who are obedient.
We are God's children and through our obedience we can fulfill the purpose of our Father in heaven.
The transfiguration also gives us hope that through faith we can claim victory. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul says that we are being transformed in the likeness of Christ with ever-increasing glory. What a wonderful image to behold! The challenges of life will never pass away; however, as Christians we can rest in the promises of God and the enduring love of Jesus. As followers of Christ we can find strength through trials, purpose and opportunity in our experiences, and faith in our areas of weakness or doubt.
As we usher in the season of Lent and prepare for Easter, let's continue to renew our minds. Let's welcome the power of Christ that can transform our lives.
Shantale Maurice, member of Marble Collegiate

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