In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel – that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Acts 10:35-36 (NLT)
Perhaps social distancing presents an opportunity for deeper Lenten reflection.
Nearly half way through our 40 days of spiritual preparation for Easter, Covid-19 forces us to reduce our contact with one another. Could this be an opportunity to increase our contact with God?
With hectic schedules halted, we have space for the Spirit. (tweet this)
During Lent, many people give up something they value in order to share in Christ’s self-sacrifice (TV, social media, meat, alcohol, etc). Through sacrifice they draw closer to God in prayer and depend on His strength. Some people sacrifice by adopting new Christ-like habits like serving others, reading Scripture daily, or donating items to charity. They intentionally shift their focus away from themselves and toward loving God and loving others.
This national emergency requires sacrifice from all, both by giving up normal habits and by increasing concern for others. It also provides an unexpected Lenten opportunity for self-reflection.
In this unique world-wide pause let’s ask ourselves:
- How is my relationship with God?
- Am I following Jesus’ way or defining my own way?
- Where do I fall short of the self-giving life God intends for me?
- Is Jesus the Lord of my life or am I in charge?
Sin is not so much our individual misdeeds as our underlying attitude that we’re in control and we can live without God. We ‘edge God out’ (e.g.o.) by seeking purpose apart from Him. With self-giving love, Jesus sacrificed everything to make our relationship right with God. We are accepted and loved. Jesus will rescue us from ourselves if only we recognize our need for Him.
Let’s talk about it: What does life look like when Jesus is Lord?
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