Theme of the Week: Sacrifice and Death
Bible Verse: “So he got up from supper, laid aside his outer clothing, took a towel, and tied it around himself. Next, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around him.” John 13:4-5 CSB
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:20-26
The death of Jesus on the cross is more than the punishment to our sins. His death is our death. His cross is our cross. So His resurrection is our life.
This week we have learned that in order to gain His life, we must die His death too. These are some of the highlights for your reflection today.
No One Wants to Die on a Cross: If we are willing to go this route of victory with Jesus Christ, we cannot continue to be mediocre Christians, stopped halfway to the peak. Until we give up our own interests, there will never be enough stirring within our beings to find His highest will.
True Cultivation: Any man who, by repentance and a sincere return to God, will break himself out of the mold in which he has been held, and will go to the Bible itself for his spiritual standards, will be delighted with what he finds there.
We Must Die If We Would Live: Our uncrucified flesh will rob us of purity of heart, Christlikeness of character, spiritual insight, fruitfulness; and more than all, it will hide from us the vision of God’s face, that vision which has been the light of earth and will be the completeness of heaven.
Mortify the Flesh: Turn your back upon yourself and reckon yourself to be dead indeed and crucified with Christ. Then expect the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to make real what your faith has reckoned. And then begin to live it.
The Sanctification of Our Desires: The desire after God and holiness is back of all real spirituality, and when that desire becomes dominant in life, nothing can prevent us from having what we want. While this longing persists, there will be steady growth in grace and a constant progress toward Christlikeness.
Taken from From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional, by A.W. Tozer, ©2017 The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
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