Lent Day 1 Reflection

“Lord Jesus, only you can lead us to God. We have wondered if nearness to God is something reserved for spiritual mystics.”

I find myself believing the latter part of this statement instead of the beginning more often than not. I let myself believe, or rather, allow Satan to seep into my thoughts and think that somehow I am not “spiritual enough” to experience closeness with God.

And oh my gosh, what a LIE.

I don’t know if many of you have the same thoughts, but when we allow those kind of things into our mind, its because we are basing our relationship with God on our spiritual acts. That is a constant battle of mine because that’s what my human mind can wrap itself around: that whatever I do, God will like me one day, maybe not the next.

But THANK YOU GOD, that is not the case.

Today, and hopefully everyday, I pray that my thoughts and approach to God will not be based on whatever I do. It doesn’t have to be because of something Someone else did instead.

I don’t have to be a ‘spiritual mystic’ to be close to God because, praise God, it is Him that is drawing us nearer everyday. Regardless of anything we do.

Happy Lent reading everyone! I’m looking forward to hearing what you all share as we continue this journey together! If you still want to join in on the daily readings, you can get your own copy still! You also have time to make our second Ash Wednesday service tonight at Sunwest from 6-7:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

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1 thought on “Lent Day 1 Reflection”

  1. “Lord Jesus, only you can lead us to God. We have wondered if nearness to God is something reserved for spiritual mystics.” — And, I love the line that follows in our devotional guide: “But if You bring us, we will come with You, just as we are.”

    You are God’s creation. I am God’s creation. Created in the image of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Nearness to God is not something to pursue when it has already been knit together in our DNA. It is not a mere achievement to set out for when Christ has already accomplished it and beckons us to simply “Come, follow me.” Just as we are.

    Thanks for posting, Rebecca. It brings new perspective to Leviticus 11:45 (“For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.”); that’s a declaration over us as much as it is a call for obedience.

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