Meeting God in our Wilderness moments
Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared [but] the Devil took advantage of him. … The Devil goaded him … [but] Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!”… [and] The Devil left.
– Matthew 4:1-11, selected verses, The Message
I had the opportunity to preach at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grosse Point Woods yesterday. Check out my sermon, here:
Jesus refuses to be who we want him to be.
We want genie Jesus, whose wish is our command.
We want superhero Jesus, who can leap over buildings in a single bound.
We want celebrity Jesus, who’s always there for his mega-fans.
Instead, in the wilderness, Jesus isn’t showing us God’s power.
Jesus is showing us God’s powerful love.
Lent, therefore, is not about my personal self-improvement journey to climb closer to God. Instead, Lent is about God’s journey to get closer to us. God is our loving savior, who rescued us from Sin, death, and the power of the devil. As rescued and freed people, we have the opportunity to serve others.
Samaritas is serving others as an expression of Christ’s love, and I hope you will consider learning more about their ministries as a way to express your own faith.