Many times, I find myself running with my own ideas and my own agenda, resulting in anxiety and exhaustion. And, I discover, once again, I have lost sight that what we are doing is from God. It is then that I seek God, empty-handed and realizing I have nothing of my own to bring to Him, just my broken and empty heart.
My question for you this Lent season is this: are there parts of your story you have never been able to share or confess? Certainly, opening your heart to God is the key, but God also uses his people to listen to our stories of pain, hurt, and even sin. It is in these confessions that we see powerful healing. Jesus longs to meet you there.
Often, we are battered and bruised by the wiles of the enemy. We are sifted and shaken. We start to wonder if our faith is real. We feel dry, alone, empty, and dejected. That is when we most need to be reassured of God's love through His Word and encouragement and by the prayers of others. We need to be reminded Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. We need to be able to repent and hear our sins are forgiven. We need the constant fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We need the fellowship of the Body of Christ.
We have read of the miracles Jesus performed and His amazing aptitude for theology and parables, but those are just more embellishments to the big story. Other men even died claiming to be the Messiah.
But it was Jesus Christ of Nazareth who died on the cross for our sins, conquered death and the devil, and rose again. It is in his final acts on earth that we receive our true gift: forgiveness and life eternal.