March 2018 Reflection

We are in the month that will lead us to think, reflect and give thanks for what God has done for us on the cross, at the end of the month we will move into the Easter season.

This is a good time to have a think about our lives, what is going on, what is important to us and to think about the goals we have.

On Sunday 18th February in the café service we looked at Phil 3: 12-21 and were encouraged by Paul to have our minds fixed on Jesus and to have our goals in life to be focused on pleasing Him and doing His will.

As we journey to the cross in this season of Lent, let us think about what is God’s will and purpose for us all?

The life of Jesus teaches us many things:

·         A life that is obedient to the Father

·         A life well lived is a life that loves others just as Christ has loved us

·         Jesus teaches us that sacrifice leads to blessing many people

·         When we look at Jesus (especially at this time of the year) we see the power of forgiveness. We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us.

As we think about these things what does this mean in reality? Phil 2: 12 “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead”

Sometimes we need to stop looking back, we need to stop looking all around us for answers, we just need to continue looking at the one who comes to us and meets our every need and has the perfect plan and goal for our lives. Only in Jesus we will find true fulfilment and peace for our lives. He deals with our past, He is with us in the present and He certainly has a great plan for the future.

Ultimately we must remember why Jesus died for us: “for God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not die but have eternal life”. This is the goal Paul speaks about in Phil 2 and is the goal we need to continue to think about in our everyday lives.

Let us not just be building our own little empires here on earth, but let us focus on God’s heavenly Kingdom, because in the end that is the only Kingdom that really matters. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 2: 20). As we wait let us do all that we can to live the life that Jesus wants us to live. What is your goal in life? what is important to you? How will reflecting on the cross change the way that we live our lives today?

May this journey in Lent towards Easter really bring us closer to God but also help us to live lives that will impact the world in which we live today. Let us focus on Jesus and do all the things that Jesus Himself has taught us and showed us.

Love, forgive and live our lives in a way that honours and glorifies our Father in heaven.

With love and prayers in this season of Lent, MATT