Dearly Beloved in Christ,
In the story of Jonah God gave him the direction to Nineveh and preach, but Jonah decided to flee to Tarshish away from the Lords presence. Many time we like Jonah tend to flee away from Gods plan for us. We tend to replace His plan by our own plans. Finally, when Jonah went to Nineveh he realized his mistake. In the current affairs of religion and politics where there is so much of greed for power and money, selfishness and corruption, we have to self examine where we are?
The Great Lent season of this year starts on Feb.26. Fifty days of this season set apart by the church for prayer and meditation aims to reflect up on Christs sacrifice especially the passion, death and resurrection for the redemption of humanity. Celebration of Lent Is not a ritual, but a relieving experience a time of self examination and find out our role in Gods plan. It gives us new purposes for living and new motives for action. Fasting and avoiding of rich food can help us to identify ourselves meaningfully with people who are hungry and less privileged than we are. In the midst of our comforts and busy lives memorizing Christs sacrifice which leads to repentance and renewal.
Human beings are in capable of self-transformation. Transformation is the means by which we enter into a redemptive relationship with God. The relationship with God blends the sovereignty of God and responsibility of human beings.
The Lord, the Lord the compassionate and gracious God slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness. (Exo:34:6) Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness (Joshua:24:14)
May God bless us all.
Yours in Christ
Mathew Baby Achen