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::Devotional:: ‘I am Second – Lee Lucas’

August 4, 2009

Picture 1Oct. 16, 2005 Lee Lucas was asleep when a fire, started in a neighbors apartment, began to consume his condo and almost consume him.  After spending over twenty minutes among the flames, Lee was rescued with third and fourth degree burns on 35% of his body and a carbon monoxide level of 37.4%.  His life became dark and desperate.  Nevertheless, Lee saw the light of his hope and faith in Jesus Christ.  Take a few minutes, watch the video, and come back to join me for some time in the Word.

After The Video

When terrible things happen to us our immediate reaction is to ask why.  In the midst of his sufferings, close to torture in his words, Lee looked to the example of Christ sufferings to endure the pain of his recovery, and to find the answer to the question, why?  During moments of  pain, confusion, and no doubt feelings of unjust circumstances Lee could have easily placed himself and his needs first.  Nevertheless, Lee believed his suffering and his experience would be used by God to reveal the hope and strength available only in Him.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Was Jesus joyful, knowing He was going to the cross?  Of course He wasn’t.  He feared it as any man would have.  The Bible says he agonized in prayer asking for another option to the point where he began to sweat blood.  The verse says that for the joy set before him, he endured the cross.  The cross was something that He had to go through in order to achieve something greater.  It says that after the cross, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  That was the joy that was set before him.

Like Jesus, Lee was not joyful in the circumstances that surrounded his recovery.  He certainly was not joyful about the pain he would have to endure.  Yet, Lee looked to the sufferings of Jesus as an outline of how a Christian should be in the midst of suffering.  With an opportunity to reflect Christ in his life, the joy set before him, Lee endured his own sufferings.  He became second in his own life.

Where does that leave you and I?  Are we asking in vain, “why”; when the answer has already been placed before us?  Are we suffering or struggling because God has placed an opportunity before us to reflect Christ in our lives?  Perhaps if we could manage to see our circumstances from that perspective, we could truly say – I am Second.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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