Lent | 3.10.12

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

God’s love for His people is so gracious and so grand! Just like God rescued the Israelites out of Egypt, He rescues us from our afflictions. God did not require that the Israelites follow the law before he delivered them from slavery; He rescued them first and then gave them the law. While He gave Moses’ people the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone, through Christ of the New Covenant He has changed our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. God has written the law on our hearts! We are unable to follow His perfect law, but by God’s grace, before we were even born, Christ bore the penalty of the law for us through his death on the cross. He paid the price for our sins! Like the slaves in Egypt who God set apart for Himself through the blood sprinkled on the doorposts, through the blood of Christ, we are a chosen people set apart for God. Join the Psalmist (119:97) in saying, “Oh, how I love your law!”

What an awesome gift! What an awesome Savior! We can’t perfectly follow God’s law nor can we pay for our salvation—but Christ already did these things on our behalf.

While we could never repay Christ for what He has done for us, living an obedient life that is glorifying to our heavenly Father, is the calling of Christians. Christians are the salt of the earth. Yet Jesus said when salt loses its saltiness it is of no use. We are the light of the world. Jesus said we should let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ on every Lord’s Day and on Easter, but there are things we can do every day that reflect God’s love to a fallen world. This might be volunteering to help those who are less fortunate at the Nashville Rescue Mission or at The Next Door. Or perhaps God is calling you to make financial sacrifices for those in need. Whatever your calling, all of us should follow the pattern of King David and make a sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart (Ps. 51:17).

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Ps. 19:4).

Bryce Sullivan
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at:http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf

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