What Jesus Did! 'Purified' — Mark 9:49

Saturday, June 29, 2024

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[After saying that his disciples must remove any source of temptation, Jesus continued,] "For everyone will be tested with fire."
— Mark 9:49 NLT

Key Thought

The real character of our lives will not be left in doubt when we are tested. As one saying goes, "Trial doesn't produce character but reveals it." At the end of human time, all facades will fall. Hidden secrets will be revealed. Well-camouflaged sins will be brought out in the open. Every motivation for each action will be made clear. When we truly submit to Jesus, however, the trial of fire becomes the fire of purification. All that is dross will be removed. Only what is pure will remain.

Today's Prayer

O Lord God Almighty, the judge of all people, I pray that the defects, impurities, and dross in my life will be purified now so that you will be glorified both in my life now and in the day of judgment. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
  • 1 Corinthians 5:3-5
  • Hebrews 10:1-2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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