“For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him…” 2 Corinthians 13:4
Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
This morning the Holy Spirit is reminding us that as Christians we have “resurrection power” running in us. Do you feel it?
Our verse comes from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. This is part of a final warning to them. He is saying that the sinners will be held accountable. We are to examine ourselves. If we are faithful, then we will recognize that Jesus Christ in us. Others will see it too. If not, then we are living in sin.
This Wednesday is not only Valentine’s Day but also Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time to examine ourselves. To realize our sin and repent of it. It is a time to prepare ourselves for the Resurrection. To ponder what it means to us and others. Where is your faith today? What sins plague you? Who is in control of your life? These are questions to ask ourselves.
If you don’t like the answers or if they don’t line up with Christians ideals, then it is time to change. Now is a great time to start. During Lent we can do many things to help with our faith. One is to fast. This is giving something up to help our prayer life. It is meant to remind us to pray and to make our prayers more meaningful. We can give up things that we love like candy, Facebook, video games, TV, etc. or we can focus on stopping a certain sin. If there is something that is keeping you from being closer to God, we could give it up. If there is something that has become a distraction, or an area that you constantly stumble, we could concentrate on giving it to God. We could start something new, like reading the Bible, meditating every day, serving in the church, serving the poor, helping those who need help. The list is endless. The key is focusing on God’s love, grace and mercy and responding to it.
We can start by praying to God to help us see what would be best for us during this Lent. Be prepared to be pushed. But remember you have the power of God in you. The power of the resurrection means the power of being remade. It means we can die to self and rise as a new creation in the image of Jesus.
The power of God is more than we can imagine which means if God calls us to it He will give us what we need to get through it. Don’t pick the easy thing, go deeper, allow God to take over. Give up your life for a life serving Jesus. Allow that resurrection power to remake your life. Shine the light of Christ everywhere!