Active Devotion - Wednesday, July 4th 2012
"but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles."
In Luke 7, we're presented with the overwhelming devotion of a woman who had been living a life of sin but desired the forgiveness found in Jesus. Her devotion was not simply a spoken commitment or a passing acknowledgment. Her devotion led her to purchase expensive perfume so that she could pour it over the feet of Jesus. This was not a mild act of symbolism but a costly act of love and brokenness.
As Christians, we too are like this woman who has come to the feet of Jesus seeking forgiveness. His forgiveness is free to those who would ask, and yet His forgiveness should lead us to something more. When we realize the weight of our sinfulness alongside the love seen on the cross, it causes us to give all we have for our Savior. Like the woman in Luke 7, we desire to pour out our lives at the feet of Jesus not in order to purchase salvation, but because we love Him.
Life Lesson: Our commitment to the Lord is often a reflection of our understanding in the price He paid for each of us.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for saving me from my sins. Thank You for dying on the cross so that I could be freed from eternal separation from You. Give me the power to surrender all of my life to You. May the works of my hands and the words of my mouth be a sweet aroma to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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