#11 Gifted to Change

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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

– John 3:16, NASB

All journeys are made for a reason. We usually begin one to achieve or earn some item, some recognition, some reward of value – a treasure.

But what if the treasure came at the beginning of your journey, given without being earned first? Would you then disregard your travels, having already received the award, or would you be motivated even further by this gracious gift?

Grace, itself, is a gift – a little idea with such consuming power that it can transform hate into love, anger into joy, and enemies into friends. It is a present that requires nothing of us, but because of its worth, its immeasurable value, its beauty – it becomes the reason for the journey and that which sparks us forward, not out of duty of hope for gain, but out of something more pure: gratitude.

Pray | Ask that you’ll respond to God’ grace in a transformative way

Read | Meditate on these verses this week: Jeremiah 29:11 / Romans 6:1-2 / 2 Corinthians 5:17 / Romans 12:2 / James 2:14-26

Act | Think about Christ’s sacrifice and do loving action in light of it

#10 The Long Road

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And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

– Romans 12:2 (NASB)

Like a book, film, or play, journeys have a beginning and end, but often neither is as important as the middle – the road itself. This in-between, the meat of the tale, could be long and arduous.

Upon introspection, we might find ourselves lacking as we travel the road, perceiving our many faults, and we may feel discouraged.

But remember that we all are in the midst of our travels; we’re in the middle of our story. There is a long ways to go, and step by step, we move forward and grow. Setbacks will come, but by keeping our eyes on the truth, we’ll become more and more like that which we hope to be – partially through this long road, and fully, one day, at its end.

Pray | Ask that you’ll be encouraged to grow even when the road seems long

Read | Meditate on these verses this week: 1 John 1:7-9 / 1 Cor 13:11-12 / Psalms 51:10 / Romans 12:1-2 / Ephesians 4:20-24

Act | Purposely and prayerfully put aside a way you once acted and put on the new way of Christ

#9 Wandering

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For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

– Hebrews 13:14 (ESV)

Have you ever had that stirring in your soul, that need to experience something, to move beyond and journey toward the unknown, to start an adventure? Perhaps it’s ingrained in the human spirit for us all to be wanderers.

And at the center of such sojourning spirit is a question: what are we looking for?

No matter where we go, whether it’s as a child exploring the cavernous trenches of a backyard swing set or a cosmonaut riding a rocket rushing toward the stars, we all seek meaning, purpose. The void tells us that there really is no meaning, nothing beyond what we can sense. But truth tells us otherwise – there’s much more than all we can ask or imagine.

Pray | Ask that our hearts are set on what is meaningful and true

Read | Meditate on these verses this week: Psalm 16:9-11 / Psalm 143:5-6 / Rev 4:11 / Psalm 73:26  / Matt 5:13-16

Act | Make a change in your life that bends it away from self and toward something more significant