A man who spoke very little English walked into a pharmacy in Brooklyn seeking to cash his lottery ticket for $24. When the clerk checked it, the discovery was made that the man's ticket was worth 1.6 million dollars. When the clerk tried to explain that to the man, the man got very upset and stalked angrily out of the store. Some people pursued him and finally communicated to him what had happened. He was one of three persons who would split 4.8 million. The man had a ticket worth $79,000 each year for the next 20 years, but he almost did not understand. Many of us are in the same boat.
We see the Gospel as something that is good for the community. We do not see the Gospel as life-changing, value-enhancing, joy-inspiring.
You are not yourself. There is something more. A new glorified self--free from imperfection, free from ugliness, free from sin--a new nature that only Christ can give. And it is available to you and to me.
because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Dear Lord, thank you for perfecting us in Jesus Christ and drawing us close to your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.