Lent Devotion – Found

Published February 29, 2024 by Dan Masterson

For most of my life I was truly lost in the wilderness. Then, a remarkable turning point came after I found myself back in Houston and living in Midtown. I’m now a part of two fellowship groups here in Houston that have granted me the opportunity to be of service. Attendance at these group fellowships then guided my newfound relationship with God.

One of these groups always begins each meeting with the same reading. This reading states, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path,” then ends with these words, “That God could and would if He were sought.” My personal turning point came when I stepped out of my defiance of God and into a reliance on Him. This new relationship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit then brought me to SMBC. 

The Way of the Cross for me is practicing key principles in every aspect of my life. I’ve come to realize I can’t do this on my own and that I need the fellowship and encouragement of other Christians. Two scriptures that have helped me immensely are Romans 12 and Philippians 2:3.  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.” This verse helps me realize that while I may feel I’m the least important person in a room, I’m not insignificant.

Leading a principled life is the way to grow in my personal relationship with Jesus. I hope to live my life in faith, kindness, patience, honesty, hope, humility, perseverance, service, and brotherly love. It’s not likely I’ll ever do “obedience” perfectly, but I continue striving to improve!

I’m still amazed at how God placed me where I needed to be to find my way back to living my life in fellowship with Him. As a Christian, I believe in the day of the last sorrow to be followed by eternal joy.