Reflections for Lent 2012
By Brunhilde Luken
The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister (Matthew 20:28)
Ash Wednesday passed and most of us Christians received the cross of ashes on our forehead as a reminder—from dust you come and to dust you will return. To some this is a stark reminder that we are here only for a short time. We all are here for a special purpose. It is up to us to try to find our purpose. We are here to serve the Lord.
I often ask myself, “Do I love the Lord enough to fully and freely serve Him. How will I know? Do I stay connected to the Lord in prayer, so I will hear His voice?”
The following is taken from the book that I especially enjoy for some of my daily readings.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
“I will gladly spend and be spent for you” 2 Corinthians 12:15
When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin deliberately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. We have no right in Christian work to be guided by our affinities; this is one of the biggest tests of our relationship to Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down my life for my Friend, not fling it away, but deliberately lay my life out for Him and His interests in other people, not for a cause. Paul spent himself for one purpose only—that he might win men to Jesus Christ. Paul attracted to Jesus all the time, never to himself. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
As my Lenten study I choose this year “A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. Paul of the Cross.” It is a wonderful study to renew and strengthen our Walk with Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection changed how we look at our life. We celebrate His presence in our life new each day as He draws us closer to Himself. Only He will lead us to eternal life.
Each day will help us to grow in His Love. Even as dark shadows play across our lives we become fully alive, always grateful sharing God’s Love, Joy and Peace with others.
Are we ready to be broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for other lives?
The following is a prayer from my Lenten study from St. Paul of the Cross:
When we feel our day
Becoming a desert,
And life beginning to be too
And we’re tiring of doing good,
Stay at our side and be our strength. Amen