Listen to this devotional:
It all started with a telephone call. "Hello. Is this the home of Rosemary Hagedorn, who writes devotionals for the local newspaper?"
The person on the other end of the phone line was asking me where I get my inspiration from. It is so amazing how quickly one's pride rears its ugly head and we have the choice to say either "I wrote those articles and stories all by myself," or "I am but a vessel, and my inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit."
I chose the latter reply, because it is the truth. I never completed high school. I never attended any workshops or took any training regarding the way I write. Yet, Christ in me has inspired many people who have read my stories on the web or in the newspaper.
I am truly thankful for that telephone call, because the person went on to encourage me to continue to write. I have recently found myself stagnant and not able to write. Oh, I create picture stories for my grandchildren, but I have not written anything spiritual lately.
After that call, I thought about our entire conversation and asked God to help me get back to writing and sharing the good news.
"What good news?" you may ask.
The news that I am talking about is Jesus' sacrificial death on a cross, as an atonement for our sins. I am talking about the hope of the empty tomb and Jesus' victorious resurrection.
May we, during this season of Lent, remember Jesus' sacrificial death for us and for our salvation. As we approach Easter, let us remember His resurrection and the free gift of eternal life that is offered to each and every one of us.
1 Peter 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. (NASB)
Prayer: Dear God, we ask that You help us to share this good news, and we ask for Your forgiveness for not having done so in the past. We have lost our vision and mission; we have buried and neglected our gifts; and we ask that You reawaken our hearts, rekindle our zeal, and make us brand new, in order that we may enthusiastically share our gifts with a lost world. Amen.