REFLECT – Day 40:
Here we are! We have arrived! The last devotion of 40 searching through “The Beatitudes”. I hope you have enjoyed the exploration and it has benefited your spiritual life this Lent.
I pray that it is not the end of your relationship with these important phrases and that this time has allowed you to see the depth of Jesus words and how they can still be so relevant to us today.
To finish us off, let’s explore the passage for today: Romans 6:1-14.
Jesus gives the Beatitudes to his disciples as the very first part of his teaching in the sermon on the mount.
The eight qualities of the Beatitudes describe the character of Christ and the abundant, authentic life to which everyone is called. They set out a vision for the Church of Jesus Christ in every generation.
All down the centuries, Christians have listened to the Beatitudes across the 40 days of Lent as part of our preparation for baptism and as part of our renewal of baptismal promises at Easter or in confirmation.
In baptism, we are buried with Christ to be raised with him. We are called to walk in newness of life and in resurrection; to be poor in spirit; compassionate; servants to all; seeking justice; merciful; living from the inside out; making peace; and willing to bear the cost of our discipleship.
This is what it means to be a Christian. How will this shape the journey of your life?
By the power of your Holy Spirit you give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. Guide and strength us by the same Spirit, that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love, and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ.
The Collect for Baptism.
Look back over these 40 days of readings. What have you learned? What will you take with you?
We’ve been on an epic journey through the Beatitudes. More devotionals will be released next week. These tailored made devotions, written by one of our Lutterworth team, will help guide us through Holy Week. Please continue engaging with them as a part of your everyday discipleship.