Following Jesus or trying to lead Him where you want to go?
“Part of our human condition is that we crave security, because security gives us the illusion of control. When we feel secure, then we are confident in our ability to ‘handle things,’ whatever that might mean. Predictability gives us a sense of security. Money often gives a sense of security. Routine gives us a sense of security” (James Tino, “Meeting Ananias, Tri-Pillar, 50)
A rich young man asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and come, follow me.” “When he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich” (Luke 18:22).
Lent shatters the illusion that we can find security in anything other than Jesus. Your security doesn’t sit still, and won’t leave you in the status quo. “He is going before you” (Matthew 28:7). “A life of faith…feels insecure. It begins with an openness to the Lord’s leading in your life, whenever and however that may come, and it ends in places that we would never expect” (Tino).
CTRL+ALT+DEL: Lord, we don’t know what the future holds but we know that You hold the future. Amen.