Devotional – Monday, October 19, 2020

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Egrets fascinate me. Despite their elegant form and snowy white feathers I most often see them standing in ditches among trash and dirty water. What does it mean, I wonder, that this beautiful creature surrounds itself with such filth? Jesus made frequent use of nature in his parables. I wonder what he would make of the incongruity of egrets?

Maybe egrets exemplify God’s ability to surprise us with beauty in unexpected places. Maybe they’re a warning that outer beauty is fleeting, and it’s where you spend your time that defines you. Maybe their message is one of transformation.

Transformation means change, but not all change is transformation. You can change clothes, jobs, the house you live in, and the friends you have, but you might still be standing in brackish water.

So many believers worry that God in his grace may see us as clean, but at our core we’re truly not. But that’s living based on your works and experiences, rather than what Scripture says about you. Scripture says we are new creations in Christ, and we should live as a people who have been transformed.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your transforming grace and mercy. Change us from the inside out so that our words and actions rightly reflect your ongoing work in our lives. Amen.

Offered by Carol Madere

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