We Get It All

Dear Brothers and Sisters ,

We are one week into Lent, have you given up yet on what you were giving up? As many of you know, it is a tradition to give up something for Lent, so that God might fill you up anew with the Spirit of God.

The Pharisee’s tried to get Jesus to just flat out “give up.” The religious leaders, known as the Pharisees, told Jesus,”Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you (Luke 13:31).” Plan is clear- just get Jesus to give up. If he quits, he’ll never carry out the mission which is so threatening to them.

Jesus' response is sorry I cannot give up. I am on a mission that I will finish. “Tell that fox (Herod) listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures ….and on the third day (resurrection) I finish my work (Luke 13:32)”.

Do not get me wrong- sometimes we need to give up and walk away from the pipe dream that is just not working out, so that we might follow in the way of Jesus' dreams for your life. The discernment of such things can require great prayer, and time alone in the wilderness with Jesus. It may also call upon us to take courage and listen to the challenging word of a person near us who is God's prophet..

Let me put it to you as clearly as I can, in terms of what Jesus means by not giving up in this text. Jesus will give it up, so that we might get it all. Our Lord gave his life so that we’d have all eternity with him. To paraphrase a graduation address by Winston Churchill, "Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never give up on that!”

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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