(Day Fifteen) Daily Lenten Devotional

Friday, March 17th (Day Fifteen)

Discerning Jesus’ Call to Transformation

Surrendering all to follow Jesus, Mark 10:17-31

1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.

2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.

3. Read Mark 10:17-31 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now.

Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.

4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.

Read the following as food for thought:

I am walking with Jesus when an obviously wealthy young man approaches. What strikes me the most is the love I see in the eyes of Jesus, as he gazes upon the man. I am sure the man could not see the Lord’s love, because if he did, he would value this love above all else. Then Jesus turned toward me with the same look in his eyes. Jesus then invited me to give him my ministry.” I said “What do you mean Lord?” Jesus then said to me, “Stop trying to make it into what you think it should be, or what you want it to be, and give it all to me. Let me make it into what I want it to be.” I felt myself fall to the ground. My knees hit hard. It hurt. With tears I said, “I am sorry Lord, I give all to you, my life, ministry, every breath.” I found myself saying “Lord, you have never let me fall, and I repent of having hesitated; I surrender all.” I felt, and have continued to feel, a new freedom ever since. I feel a sense of wellness and peace. No worry. Thank you Lord Jesus.

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