Lent Devotion Day 2

Source: International Christian Churches : "LENT: With ONE  Voice"
Imagine being the guy telling the world the Messiah is finally coming. That was the role of John the Baptize, he was a trumpet voice – for someone else. It would be humbling to say to say the least. However John’s purpose was clear; he was to prepare the way for Jesus and he faithfully undertook it. John understood something we can all learn, that truth is found only in Jesus The Christ...

What about us? Are we offering our lives to God, saying, ‘Use me as you see fit?’ Are we messengers of the greatest news ever given to this world? Are we willing to prepare the way, to be second?

As we begin this journey toward the Cross and Resurrection, we should ask if our lives are marked with and for Christ. Is he first? Are we known as his in such a way that others see him in us?

Mark 1:1-8 The Message (MSG)
John the Baptizer
1 1-3 The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! 4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. 7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.

• How might you carry the Good News like John the Baptist?
• Who do you know that needs a messenger speaking into their lives?
• Is Jesus first in your life? If not, what keeps you from offering your life as a living sacrifice for him?

Lord, thank you for the message of the good news. I confess that I haven’t always carried your name as I should. Please give me the strength and discipline to make you first, so that the world may see you in me and rejoice!

Based on today's reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?