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Transformation

Start with something simple and obvious, and let Jesus transform you in that area.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:8, ” And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. “

Background

In my younger days, I used to spend the vast majority of my summer free time at the community center in our neighborhood. Except for the few minutes spent riding my bike home and back for lunch and dinner, I could be found playing something up at the center.
And if it wasn’t basketball, it was ping-pong. I loved ping-pong and would play it for hours. And eventually I got to where I was unbeatable. I won well over 100 games in a row, beating all comers of every age. Then one day, two brothers showed up, and they brought with them their own paddles, and some serious game. They whooped me as if I had said something bad about their sister. Their shot-making and aggressive style was like nothing I had seen before. So, I quickly lost my spot at the table. In ping-pong, the winner stays up, and the loser sits down. And so, for the first time in a long time, I had to sit and wait for another shot at the table. But as the days went by, when those brothers were not there, I worked on my game. I imitated, and then equaled, and ultimately surpassed their style and skill. And soon, after hours of practicing and losing many more games, the day finally came when I reclaimed my spot at the table.

Application

There’s something to be said for doing things the way we usually do them. Many good practices are just that because they are proven to be successful. But once Jesus enters the equation, everything should change. He is life-changing. He’s not merely speech-changing, or Sunday-changing, or even habit-changing. Before Jesus, we were dead. But since Jesus, the old things have passed away. We’ve all known someone who has passed away. They’re not coming back, and nothing of them remains, except for the memories we cherish in our hearts. Likewise, our old selves exist only as we call them up from our hearts. They shouldn’t come back, and we shouldn’t keep doing things the way we usually did them before. So let Jesus reclaim His spot, ruling over everything in your life. Everything.

Charge

As we seek Him today, start with something simple and obvious, and let Jesus transform you in that area.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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