Reflections: We’ve reached our final devotion together, and I want to begin right where we started. Just like we began in Matthew’s gospel account with a call to repentance, we see here again the word repent. This word means to allow your life to be transformed in such a way that to return is impossible. Like a caterpillar into a butterfly, that transformation, or ‘metanoia’ is one-way. The saving work of Jesus in unison with the indwelling of the Spirit is enough to sustain this transformation. So be filled with hope and boldness that your life is different, so different that you’ll find it impossible to return once more to your old nature. Put on the ‘new man’, keep in step with the Spirit, be cleansed in the regenerative power of God’s mercy and above all, be transformed by the Word of God and the power of the Spirit.
Question: Now that you have received this transformation, how will share it with others and call them into the same transformative relationship that you’ve tasted and seen?
Prayer: God, I thank you for this journey of understanding the gravitas of transformation that I have undergone with you. I trust you completely with my new nature and ways. I will not understand them perfectly at all times, but I am confident in you that I am loved, redeemed and recreated to flourish in my community and to share the transforming message of hope and vitality with the world. Amen.