LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
JUNE 18

HIS IMAGE

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

It is the will of God that all His children will conform to the image of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. In Romans 8:29 we read, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." But how do we conform to His image? As we look into the mirror of His Word and renew our minds to it, we are transformed into His image, we put on a new figure, a new form, and start showing the same likeness as the Lord.
   The word "transformed" was also used by God in the record of the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2 "...and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light" (Mattthew 17:2).
   As Peter, James and John observed the vision, they saw Jesus in a new form, a new figure, and I am sure their brief description did not do justice to the brilliance of what they saw. God must have chosen this word "transformed" so that we might get a glimpse of the reality that can be ours as children of God. God has not given a life of sin and shame, but of honour and glory. As we meditate on the glorious Word and focus on the glorious Lord, we are transformed into His image and likeness.

Prayer: Father, may I be transformed from glory to glory as I stay my mind on Your glorious Word.
Scriptural Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
JUNE 17

WORSHIP THE LORD

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. Mark 14:3

Although the gospel of Mark does not tell us the name of the woman in our text, the gospel of John identifies her as Mary, the sister of Lazarus. Her gesture of worship is unique in three ways.

•Her worship was planned. She left her home having come with a box of coslty ointment. This indicates that regardless of feelings, people that were at the house, food that was on the menu, or any other circumstances, she had to come Simon's house with one intention...to worship Jesus. Her praise was planned.

•Her worship was original. To our knowledge nobody had ever praised the Saviour in this manner. It was not something that she learned ahead of time; it was an expression of the love in her heart for her Master. Without a manual to tell her how, she built praise for Christ that He said would last forever.

•Her worship was without reservation. It is possible that as she made the trip to Simon's house she pondered how much of the costly perfume she would use. Should she pour out everything or reserve some for herself? When the moment came, she held nothing back from her Lord. Mark's gospel says that she "broke the box." Her praise was lavish. Her gift was extravagant. Her devotion to the Lord was given with no thought of cost involved.

   She brought a lavish and extravagant worship to the Lord, and He in return established her act as an eternal monument of worship.

Prayer:
With all of my heart, soul and strength, I offer my worship to You O'Lord.

Scriptural Reading:
Mark 14:3-9

Blessed day!

LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
JUNE 17

WORSHIP THE LORD

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. Mark 14:3

Although the gospel of Mark does not tell us the name of the woman in our text, the gospel of John identifies her as Mary, the sister of Lazarus. Her gesture of worship is unique in three ways.

•Her worship was planned. She left her home having come with a box of coslty ointment. This indicates that regardless of feelings, people that were at the house, food that was on the menu, or any other circumstances, she had to come Simon's house with one intention...to worship Jesus. Her praise was planned.

•Her worship was original. To our knowledge nobody had ever praised the Saviour in this manner. It was not something that she learned ahead of time; it was an expression of the love in her heart for her Master. Without a manual to tell her how, she built praise for Christ that He said would last forever.

•Her worship was without reservation. It is possible that as she made the trip to Simon's house she pondered how much of the costly perfume she would use. Should she pour out everything or reserve some for herself? When the moment came, she held nothing back from her Lord. Mark's gospel says that she "broke the box." Her praise was lavish. Her gift was extravagant. Her devotion to the Lord was given with no thought of cost involved.

   She brought a lavish and extravagant worship to the Lord, and He in return established her act as an eternal monument of worship.

Prayer:
With all of my heart, soul and strength, I offer my worship to You O'Lord.

Scriptural Reading:
Mark 14:3-9

Blessed day!
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