2 Corinthians 13

Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.

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“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith.  Don’t drift along taking everything for granted.  Give yourselves regular checkups.  You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you.  Test it out.  If you fail the test, do something about it.” (v 5 MSG)

When I pause to consider the condition of my heart, Father, guide me in honestly looking at every part.  You moved into my heart many years ago.  How much access to the home of my heart have I really given you?

You desire for me to be just like Jesus, to have a heart like His.  You love me just the way I am, but You refuse to let me stay that way.  You’ve said in Your Word, “But you were taught to be made new in your hearts, to become a new person.  That new person is made to be like God — made to be truly good and holy” (Eph 4:23-24 NCV).

When I gave my life to You, You gave Yourself to me.  You have moved in and unpacked Your bags and are ready to change me “into Your likeness from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor 3:18 RSV).  “Strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16 TLB).

You have big plans for me, Father, now that I have chosen to follow Jesus.  Your plan involves a total transformation of me, as Your Word describes, “He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son” (Rom 8:29 MSG).  I like Your plans, Father.  Here I am … Keep on carrying out Your transforming work in my life as You make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of YOU.” (2 Cor 13:14 MSG)

[A portion of today’s devo-prayer has been adapted or inspired from thoughts conveyed in Max Lucado’s book “Just Like Jesus” from Word Books, 1998. — get it, read it, you’ll LOVE it!!  🙂 ]