Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Daily Devotional: February 10 (First Day of Lenten Season)

Week 3, Day 3, The Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 13

It wasn't intentional that today's meditation falls on the first day of Lent. However, this is a perfect passage with which to begin the Lenten season. In this chapter, Matthew arranges a group of Jesus' parables in which Christ tries to explain the unique nature of this new Kingdom. One of my favorites in this section is the Parable of the Mustard Seed. 

Do my ears hear, Do my eyes see?

Mustard seeds are small, seemingly insignificant, but after one is buried in the ground it grows into a large, almost intrusive plant. It doesn't take much work to make it grow, but it will be very difficult to remove once it is grown.

Your life might seem insignificant. It might seem as if you can't make any difference to anyone. It might seem like you are alone and disconnected from the other 7 billion people on the planet. However, one of the mysteries of Jesus' message is that you are extremely significant. Your life, when you no longer cherish it, is able to become something in which others find refuge. You can be someone of importance by burying yourself and allowing a new creation to grow. 

Do my ears hear, Do my eyes see?

The great mystery of Christ is Grace. When we realize that Grace is all around us and everything is consumed by it, we understand the significance our insignificance can have. Every person you pass on the street or in the car or in the supermarket has been inundated with Grace upon Grace, they just may not know it. 

Grace causes our seed to grow. Grace changes this life into one of extreme importance. When we allow the Grace that is already there to shine through us, it doesn't take much to change the world in which we live. 

Spend time in meditation on your need to see Grace all around you today. As we remember the sacrifice of Christ, never stop rejoicing in Mercy.

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