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[K]nowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Think for a moment.  What does this world offer?  Silver and gold?  Don’t worry, be happy?  Collect stuff (or memories) and then die?  It is all so fleeting.  Whether it is ten or one hundred years, without redemption it means nothing.  What does the Lord offer?  Eternal life is the hope of salvation.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Know that in Him this is what will happen.

Lord, I do covet the things of this world.  I do want what I do not have.  Guide me, dear Lord, to live into the life You offer.  Help me through the things that are right and good.  Do not let me be distracted from the grace and mercy which guide me so that I may come into Your everlasting presence and purpose.  Lead me according to Your perfect will that I may live out the salvation You have given me.

Dear Jesus, You did not go to the cross so that I could continue living in the wickedness of this age and not worry about the state of my soul.  Help me, dear Lord, to see through the fog of this age knowing that in You alone is all hope and an eternal future.  In Your goodness, help me to be lifted up with You by walking the path You have laid before me to become what You are making of me in conformity to Your image.  Amen.