Lenten Devotional: March 24
They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” John 8: 33-34
“If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.” John 8: 46-47
The Jews are talking about their ancestors, but Jesus is calling them to let go of sin and to continue in his Word. This is a simple formula for spiritual freedom that most find to be a constant challenge. It is difficult to surrender and to be obedient.
Paul asks: What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Romans 6:1-2
Modern life presents so many opportunities to be distracted, to be busy, to sin. The Lenten season is a time to slow down to reflect and strive for spiritual growth. I pray for God’s help to let go of my excuses and barriers and ask daily for God’s help and forgiveness.
Let us trust in God, strive to let go of sin, to obey and to truly listen to God that we might be made spiritually free.
It is good to give thanks to the
to sing praises to your name,
O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad
by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing