We need Gospel.
And by Gospel, I’m not speaking of self-help, pop spiritual psychology, but a Gospel that cuts into the heart of humanity with a grace that compels us to not just merely to salvation but a life committed to justice, reconciliation, and redemption.
Isaiah 58 speaks of fasting but fasting that God is not pleased with. It’s a fasting that caters to our own eyes, flesh, and pleasure but not the kind of fasting that God invites us to:
a life broken and transformed by the things of God
the last thing I want is for this Lenten season to become my 3-step program to an anxiety-free life. What I really desire is what Cho talks about. That my self-denial over the next 35 or so odd days will make me more mindful of Jesus, his Life, and his Kingdom. And give me a platform to shoot forward with freedom and with grace.
if I actually really believe what Jesus said, then I shouldn’t be afraid. Right? That is the beginning and mark of true faith. Fearing God first and letting other things fall into their rightful place below that.
That’s what this season is for me.