Through the resurrection, God transforms the cross from a symbol of shame to a source of Christian living. Joy for Christian living flows from the cross. The cross moves us to focus on God instead of self and to conform our bodies to the life of Christ. Spiritual practices like prayer, witnessing, and giving are joyful acts for us as we live gospel-shaped lives.
—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
—Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, I give thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do. Because of this, I rejoice.
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