We are now at the half-way mark of the Lockdown period. It’s a great opportunity to take stock and to reset our focus. What have been the learnings for you? What have been the blessings? Where have you been challenged? How have you grown as person? How have you adapted to the changes? These are merely some questions you can use as you stop and reflect and refocus. Notice that the questions that I used, have all been set to focus on the positive things.
This week, Christians around the world, celebrate Holy Week, which began yesterday with Palm Sunday and continues through the week to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Each of these days celebrates and commemorates a specific aspect of Jesus journey to the cross and onto the resurrection. This week teaches us so much of the price that Jesus paid for our salvation. It teaches us that as with Jesus, so with us: there is no crown without a cross. We would not have the precious gifts of forgiveness, eternal life and a living relationship with our heavenly Father, had Jesus not gone all the way this week. He stayed the course and was obedient to the will of His Father, and so won the greatest victory of all- the victory over sin, the world and the devil. Let’s use Jesus journey this week, to help us reflect on what really matters, and what is important in our lives. Let’s use His example of obedience and perseverance as our goals for the rest of the Lockdown period. I have included some verses below, which focus us on this precious week and which we can use for our self- reflection and refocusing:
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:9-12)
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2)
No one puts these challenges to us for this time, truer, than Mother Theresa: ‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’
Have an awesome day.