Transformed – teen devotion – March 24, 2024

One truth shared: Jesus shows real strength on our behalf leading us to leave sin and focus on him.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

Keep life in focus, Jesus is our strength

If you are going to run a race, how do you prepare? Even if you are not the running type, I think you know. Equipment like shoes, running shorts, and a good T-shirt are very important. You’d want to map the course online, if possible, even walk the course beforehand. You would need to decide on a strategy for the course. For example, where are the hills, and what are the difficult spots? What pace should you set? There are also things you’d need to eliminate. You wouldn’t wear your winter gear like a bulky jacket, a school backpack, Chromebook, maybe even your phone. You’d need to replay the map in your mind as you’re running the course. And when you hear steps of other runners behind you, you need to remind yourself to just keep looking forward.

Running a race is a lot like going through the daily grind of life.

It’s easy in life to get wrapped up in digital distractions and be overwhelmed with people drama. God snaps his fingers and says, “Hey, stay focused!” Focus on what Jesus has done for you. Remember how and why he persevered, even enduring the cross. He carried out his mission, as hard as it was, by keeping focused on the joy that was to come. The joy set down before him is all about you. He followed his Father’s plan to save you. He went through it all so you would be with him. He longed for eternity with you.

Life takes a lot of endurance like running a race. Each day has its own temptations and challenges. But don’t lose heart! Don’t give up! Jesus is your strength. He runs with you. He runs ahead of you. He even promises to carry you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, when the road of life gets rugged and I feel overwhelmed, remind me of your love and sacrifice. You suffered so much because in your eyes, I’m worth it to you. Help me lay down my sin at your feet and live my life at peace with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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