Faith UMC Lenten Devotion March 9, 2014
Repurposed for Christ
Written by Faith UMC’s Sewing for Missions Group
Scripture: Zechariah 3:1-7
Reflection: Sewing for Missions is a ministry group of women who use their sewing talents to bless people and we have a history of being “repurposers”. We will take cast off items like old pillow cases, table clothes, curtains, jeans; you name it and give it a new life to bless someone somewhere. The pillow cases became sun dresses for girls in Liberia, West Africa. The jeans became tote bags for preschoolers to carry library books at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. An old curtain became the backing for banners that hang in the church. Many of you have been involved in this ministry by donating those items for which we are grateful.
How has Christ given you a new purpose for your life?
The idea of turning something old into something new is a reoccurring theme in the bible. God told Abraham that he would be a father of many nations. He instructed Moses to lead His people out of slavery. For their faithfulness, they would realize something new. Even Joshua received a blessing of newness from God as we read in Zechariah 3: 1-7.
Clean Garments for the High Priest “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.”
God’s greatest promise of all is salvation through Christ Jesus. By taking Jesus as our savior, we cast off our old rags and put on new clothes. We have the opportunity to be transformed from something old and worn out that appears to be useless to something beautiful. Praise God!
How is Jesus calling you to be transformed this Lent?
Prayer: Gracious God, forgive me for not always being who you have called me to be. Help me to walk in your ways so that I might be transformed by the power of your love and grace and be repurposed for your glory. Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
This Week’s Lenten Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 36:24-28, Colossians 3:5-17, Psalm 23:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:21-24, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 1:3, Luke 1:68-79, Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6
Prayer Focus: Pray for those who are seeking purpose for their lives and those who are struggling with weariness, depression and hopelessness. May they find hope in Christ!
Family Connection: Hearts for God
Make a large heart and write or draw pictures of how you will spend time with God during the season of Lent. Prayerfully consider how you and your family might connect with God through prayer, Bible study, helping others, worship, acts of grace, joining a small group, exploring a new spiritual practice, etc. Keep the heart where you can see it often to remind you to spend time with God and reflect on how He is calling you to See Christ and Be Christ this Lent!
Faith’s Christian Education & Spiritual Formation ministry team will provide a weekly devotion written by some of Faith’s ministry teams to guide us in reflecting how we are Seeing Christ and Being Christ as we walk with Jesus during the season of Lent.
Additional resources for Lent for individuals and for families are available in the literature racks in the Gathering area and outside the Family Life Center as well as in Faith’s Library & Media Center and on our website: http://faithum.weebly.com/lent.html