It wasn’t my intention but it was clearly God’s will for me to be exposed to and reflect on the concept of commitment recently. I spent a weekend in January at the Men’s Retreat with a group of men who were humble enough to admit they needed God yet bold enough to commit to Him and their loved ones to be the man God wants them to be. It was spiritually invigorating.
Lent is also a time of commitment. Particularly in terms of our commitment to Christ and His church, our commitment to a relationship with Him as an individual and as Centenary United Methodist Church. A time for all of us as brothers and sisters in Christ to come together in humility and admit we need God and His church in our lives. Yet we are to be bold enough to commit to God and to our loved ones to be the Christian and be the church that He wants us to be. This will spiritually invigorate us as a church, as individual children of God and spiritually inspire those around us and in our life to commit to God as well.
Lent is a time to reflect honestly with ourselves and be humble enough to admit that if we haven’t been going to church as often as we don’t; that we should boldly commit to changing that beginning this Lent. It is time to objectively discern our financial support of the church and if we are not giving as much of our income as God calls us to humbly admit it and then be bold enough to step it up. It is time to sincerely evaluate the amount of time and energy we allow the world to take from us for its will and compare that to the amount of time and energy we dedicate to God and His church each week…and be humble enough to admit any imbalance as well as be bold enough to, by the grace of God, rectify it.
Lent is all about humble reflection and bold commitment by the grace of God, through Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to Christ and His church…and His will to save your and all the souls in this world. This Lent, I invite you all to participate through attending worship to hear our Sermon Series on the basic tenets of Christianity (“Christianity 101”), our special Lenten Services, Small Group Studies and making the commitment to be here each weekend to spiritually commit our lives as individuals and our life as Centenary UMC to Jesus Christ and His mission to save the souls in this world.
Praise be to God, Amen!!!!