2021.02.22 Daily Devotional for Lent
Our Lenten Devotionals feature reflections from The Road Back to God by Larry Neeb.
Monday, February 22, 2021
1 Peter 1:17-19 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
Lord, let this realization sink in for me this Lent: “Anything that can be bought has no real value. Nothing of real value can ever be bought.” Amen.
“Worth More Than Gold”
What is your “net worth”? Money magazine suggests that each family calculate this annually. But there is an even more serious accounting that must take place in the life of each of us – and it affects the way we feel about ourselves and the way we treat others. In our hearts, we all know that our real net worth isn’t determined by what we own. In the important areas of life, financial holdings are really beside the point.
When all is said and done, what does count is what God was willing to give up his only Son so that you might be forgiven and have eternal life, finding joy in a relationship with him and in sharing with others. That’s really what the story of Lent is all about. He gave his only Son for you! You must really be worth a lot to him … and, come to think of it, you must have quite a net worth.
This pandemic has taught us many things, the most important of which is that our relationships with each other and with God have the ultimate value. All that we “own” or possess is worthless in light of the people in our lives and of God’s grace and love for us and for them.