Day 31 - Pauses for Lent - Body

4/10/2019

BODY

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NRSV)
 
“The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy soul and body unto everlasting life.”
 
Those words had a powerful and life changing impact on me during my spiritual formation as a child and youth.  To think a person loved me enough to give his life so I could have eternal life opened my eyes to the sacrificial love of Christ.  He was willing to die for me so that I might have eternal life!  As an adult, the Sacrament of Holy Communion continues to usher God’s grace into my life.
 
John Wesley recognized that God imparted grace to individuals through five instituted means of grace: prayer, searching the scripture, receiving the Lord’s Supper, fasting, and holy conferencing.  Among these, he believed the greatest means of grace was the Lord’s Supper.  Through all of these means, God conveys to us his prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace. 
 
As we grow in his grace, God draws us deeper into a more loving and fruitful relationship with him.  That is why in Romans 12, Paul said, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” 
 
Our journey through the season of Lent guides us to the cross, where we see the life-giving sacrificial love of Christ.  The cross also reminds us who we are, the Body of Christ.  And as the body of Christ, Jesus calls us to a life of sacrificial living for him. 

Prayer:  O God, because of your great love for everyone, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to take the sins of the world upon him and suffer death upon a cruel cross.  We are eternally grateful for your sacrificial love.  Through your means of grace, continue to draw us into a more loving and fruitful relationship with you.  This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Rev. Fred S. Britton, Senior Pastor, Tupelo First UMC
 


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