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Following Jesus

MEDITATION:

Written by Christopher Hudson, a contemporary Christian author. This is an excerpt from his book “Following Jesus Daily Devotional.”

Why do we love TV shows that feature makeovers (of people, houses, etc.) or those that track unknown people becoming national singing sensations? Surely, it’s because such stories remind us that change is possible; and deeper than that, they hint at the most miraculous transformation of all.

When Jesus began gathering followers, he essentially said: Follow me, and I will transform you into something you’re not. If you’ll come to me and remain with me, your life will never be the same. In the end, you’ll actually become like me. This is why we come to Jesus. We come to him not only for forgiveness and the promise of eternal life—as amazing as those things are—but in order to become like him.  Following Jesus isn’t about acquiring theological information. It’s embarking on a journey of personal transformation. It isn’t only about heaven one day; it’s about holiness right now.

PRAYER:

Written by Ambrose (339-397), a bishop of Milan.  He contributed to theology and doctrine of the early Christian Church and influenced Augustine of Hippo.

O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Your Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore You, a heart to delight in You, to follow and to enjoy You, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

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