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First Sunday in Lent

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, He (Jesus) saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-20)

Have you ever stopped to think about how very odd Jesus' plan is? He is perfect God and perfect Man. He has all power and could do any number of miracles. He definitely doesn't need human help to carry out His plans. And yet, when it comes to rescuing God's people from slavery to sin, death, and the devil, what does He do? He calls on ordinary people to help. And boy, are they ordinary! Some fishermen. A tax collector. A revolutionary. Later on, a guy who waited on tables. A tentmaker. A young man from a mixed-race family. A woman who sold purple dye. A slave. These are the people the Lord chose to help lead God's people out of the darkness into the light of His salvation. They are people like you, and like me. As Paul says, "Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth" (1 Corinthians 1:26). Nevertheless, God chose you to become His son, His daughter. You believed in Jesus, His Son, who saved you, through His life, death, and resurrection from the dead. Now God would love to use you to tell that story of Jesus to others just as ordinary as you. THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, please show me in baby steps how I can share Jesus with those around me. Amen. Reflection Questions: * Do you like to help people with their work? What kinds of work? * Would you call yourself ordinary? Why or why not? * What is difficult for you about sharing your faith? What is easier? Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 13 Mark 7:14-37

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