To live in you
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John 6: 38-40 (NRSVA)
38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’
The path Christ Jesus took from heaven to earth was not about Him pleasing Himself, doing what was best for Him, His wants. Rather, He chose to please the One Who sent Him.
I wonder then, is the path we choose to walk more about our selfish wants and desires, than God’s calling in us?
Our personality, the diverse sources of joy and life-giving activities, our skills and talents are gifts from God, and we are invited to be ‘ourselves’ and to honour God in our daily living. We are not blessed with His abundance for our personal delight and gratification exclusively. Who we are, what we can do, is best enjoyed when we hand ourselves to the One Who spoke, and all of creation was born. But are we intimate enough with God to be able to identify the difference between me, myself, I – and our service to God in His Kingdom?
Are we courageous enough to leave the path we feel comfortable walking, to move onto the path of Christ, the path of suffering, the path of the upside-down Kingdom, the path of true prosperity and peace? Time will tell… it always does.
O Christ, only in You will I find Your path of Life and Love. Help me to live in You, not simply follow You. For I know that when I hand myself to You, then and only then, will my diverse poverty be eradicated and my path to wholeness made known. I offer this prayer in the Name of Christ Jesus, the surrendering One. Amen.
LENT FOCUS 3: PATHS
This week we are thinking about paths. A reflective activity you could try this week is getting a piece of paper and drawing an outline around each of your feet. Reflect on the past year of your life and the year ahead. In one foot outline write some of the places you’ve been with God in the past year and then on the the other foot you could write about where you are going to be with God in the year ahead.