Saturday, August 22, 2020

21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 2 : Personal Surrender

 

21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 2 : Personal Surrender

A. Devotion - Titus 3:3-7

Paul's letter to Titus emphasizes that we all need a Saviour; for we ourselves were once foolish and disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another (Titus 3:3), and a Saviour is exactly what God provided. But God's acceptance of us is based not on our works but on faith in Christ's work.

When we first become a Christian, we consider the question, "will you invite Jesus into your life?' But years later we come to a realisation that actually, we were the ones saved and He has invited us into His house.

Often during our walk with God, we think that Jesus did His part on the cross, now we are supposed to do our part. He died for us, now we should live for Him.

Our call can be so much greater than that. Jesus did not only die for us, but He also rose again. His resurrection life and power are now in and available to all who trust in Him. Jesus wants to live His life in us and through us. The apostle Paul said that "Christ in you" is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Our hope of living the life of Christ and becoming the people He calls us to be is the power of Jesus Christ living in us, so that we my become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7b).

May we take the message in Paul's letter to heart this fasting season, that we would lay down our lives, accept His invitation and allow the Holy Spirit to regenerate and renew us so that we can be ready for every good work He's going to call us to, in the next season. 

B. Application / Self-reflection

  1. What does it mean to be an "heir according to the hope of eternal life"? What are some of the practical steps we can take as heirs? Ask God about what He is calling you to in this next season.
  2. What are some ways you can be regenerated and renewed to be ready for the next season?