Life God’s Way
“For I have come down from heaven, He says, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). This is the church season called Lent. For those of you who might not know such things, it is the penitential season, a time to take an honest look at yourself before God. It starts right after the day called “Fat Tuesday”, on a Wednesday, called “Ash Wednesday”. If you have heard about Mardi Gras, New Orleans style, you know about the tradition of having a final feast, a last “Fat Tuesday” fling before getting Ash Wednesday serious. But at the stroke of midnight on Ash Wednesday, a season of sacrifice begins which points us to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus as He walked to the cross to bear the sins of the world and to make life possible again for us all. So, if you practice the tradition of giving up something for Lent, that tradition is supposed to connect you with Jesus, who gave up everything to save us. Every person who takes up something for Lent, who engages in service to others or shows God’s love in a special way, that also connects us with the self-sacrificial love of God shown in sending us His only Son to save us.
Lent is a time of reflection about your life with God, whether you’re trying to make sense of life in struggle, or even dealing with the blessings of abundance; you don’t have to figure that out on your own. When you struggle, God still cares for you, He is faithful. When you exercise control and go His way instead of carving into your own temptations, God is with you. He is delighting in you and providing His strength and blessing. God’s design for life is good. It works. Remember that God’s ways might not always appear right to us at the moment, but that in Christ you have a special gift: God’s strength, God’s guidance, God’s forgiveness, and the eternal hope He gives as His gift for you right now. God’s way in Jesus will always see you through. You can count on that.
Jesus’ victory brings you the gift of eternal life. Today, Jesus’ victory means that you, too, will have the help you need, when you need it, by the power of His Spirit to live life in His Name, now and forever! The Bible says, “For because Jesus Himself has suffered when tempted, His is able to help those who are also being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
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