Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday

God's Discipline- Hebrews 12:1-14.
The idea of God disciplining his children is foreign concept to most of us.  Sure, God should discipline the really bad people, but not good Church-going folks like us. 

Growing up, I prided myself on being a really good (translation "perfect") kid. It was my identity.  I didn't steel, cuss, cheat, lie (at least no big lies), or stay out late partying like my brothers did. I was so good, that I was often genuinely surprised when my parents got upset about my messy room, moody disposition, or forgetful habits.  I remember feeling incredibly ill-treated.  I was on my way to being the valedictorian of my high school; I drove myself to church; I was going to be the first in my family to go to college; I didn't come home drunk, and they're complained about a few forgotten chores and a slightly messy room. My brothers weren't nearly as good as me. "Your brothers do not set the standard in the house" I was told.

I think we spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to each other. My parents were right; comparing myself to my brothers wasn't helpful if I was to do my very best.  (By the way, my brother is now a sergeant in my home town police force and a respected member of the community...). God disciplines not to be unfair, but to transform us into the likeness of His Son. He removes those things that hold us back and keep us from experiencing true freedom in Christ.

Lent is a time for us to reflect on what God is doing in us. Where do you feel the discipline of the Lord? What areas of your life still need molding and shaping? How can you surrender those areas and begin to allow the Holy Spirit to transform you?

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