We've talked about taking up some things for Lent instead of "giving something up for Lent." (See previous post.)
So it's a paradox to realize that when we say: "Don't Give up!" we are talking about faithfulness.
So if you do give something up for Lent, you don't give up on God! Don’t give up on our heavenly Father! Don’t give up on Jesus! Don’t give up on the Holy Spirit!
So if you do give something up for Lent, you don't give up on God!
Don’t give up on our heavenly Father! Don’t give up on Jesus! Don’t give up on the Holy Spirit!
However you best understand God, to be faithful is simply “not giving up.”
This means that you trust that God is there, listening and acting in your best interest.
This means that you are willing to be “in the dark” about where it’s all going.
This means that you are able to patiently wait for the outcome even when you are in pain, anxiety and/or confusion.
Don’t give up on God!
For at it’s core, faith is trust.
And when we say that we trust Christ for our salvation, we are simply saying that we trust that
the love of God in Christ is true,
…that his death and resurrection on the cross happened,
…and that it’s purpose was to help me go where I can’t go by myself,
into a loving relationship with our creator.
And when times get tough, our lives filled with uncertainty and fear, our abilities limited by medical realities, and our hope dims… we resist the temptation to give up on God. Instead we are faithful.
As Lent deepens around us, like a spiritual blanket to keep us warm when the cold winds of the world swirl around us, let us be faithful, let us not give up on God.
As we let Christ move closer and closer to us, to our hearts and to the places of pain and struggle we all carry, let us be faithful, let us not give up on God.
As we embrace each other as brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, in the community of love sometimes known as the church, let us be faithful, let us not give up on God.
Let us trust Jesus Christ, as an alive and living Holy Spirit in us and in those around us, and so, let us be faithful.
Have you been able to live closer to God this week?
Don't give up. God is reaching out to you.
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,