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No Gimmicks, Just New Life

CTA - Christ to All /Jan. 12, 2023
No Gimmicks, Just New Life

By A. Trevor Sutton 

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20 ESV). 

Read Luke 9:18–24. 

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Jesus offers no hokey sales pitch. Instead, Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23 ESV). 

The offer of Jesus is priceless: lose your sin and live in him. Die to false hope and rise in true hope. Give up on the puny promises of this world and gain God’s glorious kingdom. 

Take up your cross and follow him. No gimmicks. No fine print. Just real grace and powerful new life in Jesus. 

Reflect on what you’ve gained by walking in his steps. 

Prayer starter: Jesus, you have invited me to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow you. This priceless offer comes because you have loved me and given your life for me . . . 

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s In His Steps Devotional Prayer Journal. To see all CTA’s devotionals and journals, visit