“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
One of my favourite things about lent is that we focus more on the above bible verse. I don’t think we give enough credence to this commitment. Perhaps that’s why lent is so vital to our Christian discipline. It is human nature that we are so self sufficient and draw into our own strength. It’s in our human DNA.
Lent is a time where we commit ourselves to be more holy centered. How comforting it is to be able to sit back, understanding that we don’t need to know the answers, we just need to take time to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit and appreciate that His grace, mercy and wisdom will eventually prevail.
If I could only leave one legacy on earth it would be loving God with all your heart and not underestimating the value of prayer and taking time to enter into the presence of the Holy Spirit. It’s so easy to get caught up in the act of humanitarianism and advocating for justice that we tend to lean on ourselves rather than drawing from God’s strength.
By focusing on our relationship with God we become better human beings. It’s through his divine strength and wisdom that we can become true ambassadors of his will and for our family. This is a hard concept to uphold but necessary to our wellbeing, especially our souls.
“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Lovely post. So important to remind ourselves of the almighty power of the Holy Spirit. Are humanitarianism and surrender to God in opposition to one another? I like to think that they come from the same source.