Who is Jesus? A Lenten Journey through John – Day 5
Read John 3:1-36
Do we expect to be changed by Christ? Like Nicodemus, all who claim to follow Jesus need to be changed, born again. How often in worship do we ask God to forgive, cleanse, and mold us into his likeness, but then leave the sanctuary simply to return to our old ways? We are like a gardener who, after working in his garden, comes in, removes his dirty, sweaty clothes, scrubs himself clean and then puts on the same dirty clothes he wore to garden. But, you say, “I’m only human.” This rings falsely when we realize that what we are is “not human enough.”
Jesus is the example of being “fully human.” Though we always lack perfection, it is the goal. Being “more human” means trusting the Holy Spirit to make you into all that God intends you to be. This change requires a relationship so deep that you crave His presence in your life.
The Bible teaches that God loves us so much that he sent his son to die so that we might live. May you embrace that gift with all of your heart, soul, and mind and grow in the grace of Jesus Christ. Live each day with the expectation that God will change you by the power of his Spirit to be the person he created you to be.
Lord, I know that I do not always live as you have created and called me to live. Help me to live as the person you have created me to be, serving you in all I do. Amen