Lenten Devotional: March 16

Psalm 70, Psalm 71; Psalm 74;
Jeremiah 4:9-10, 19-28
; Romans 2:12-24;
John 5:19-29

If you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? Romans 2:19-21

This passage brings to mind numerous sayings, such as, “you have to walk the walk to talk the talk” or “actions speak louder than words”. The gist of these adages is that if you say or think one way, but act another way, there is a disconnect. This disconnect can be closer to the category of having good intentions without the ability to follow through. The disconnect can be so extreme as to amount to hypocrisy. One’s faith can help frame one’s moral code and guide one’s daily actions. In today’s fast paced world it is often difficult to know how to act in a given situation. There is a disconnect if one pays lip service to being a Christian but does not act in a Christian way.

Sometimes we know there is a disconnect in our lives, sometimes we do not. Sometimes we need a little help to be the person we want to be. As we head into a New Year, it might be helpful to pray for help in living the kind of life to which we aspire. I read about someone’s resolution to be more authentic or true to his/her own real self. Perhaps we should pray for our real self to align with our Christian self to get rid of any disconnects.

God, please grant me strength to be the person you would have me be, to walk in your ways and to witness my faith every day. Amen.