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On Tuesday evenings a small group of us are travelling through lent together. We spent the first three weeks looking at wilderness preparation, and the last three weeks are being spent looking at the temptations of Christ. It’s a safe space, where we all share, I find that I’m sharing as much as anybody else. It’s good to have a space where you can be yourself, be honest, and explore your walk with God.
This week we looked at the second temptation (from Luke’s Gospel) where the Devil shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and offers them to him in return for a single act of worship. Of course Jesus refuses, and quotes from the book of Deuteronomy ‘you shall worship only the Lord your God’.
What I’ve found in my own life is that this test comes in so many forms that there are times when I’ve resisted – making sure that my focus is on God, and times when I’ve failed – where my focus has been on other things. Often I’ve had the best intentions! Instead of waiting for God I’ve gone off and done something on my own. Instead of listening for God I’ve made a rash decision. Instead of holding fast to God’s plan for my life I’ve made other plans and then wondered why they haven’t made me happy. Of course there are times when I’ve listened for God and followed God’s direction, times when I’ve clearly heard from God and obeyed, times when I’ve allowed myself to flow with God’s Spirit. Times when I get it right, and then times when I get it hopelessly wrong. You’d think I’d learn the lesson but every test comes in a different form. Even with the best intentions there are times when I go off on my own and forget that it’s my job to follow Jesus. It’s sadly easy to forget what’s really important when we’re rushing around trying to accomplish those things that we think are really important. It’s easy to prioritise work over stillness, busyness over listening, doing over being. Simply being.
The good news is that every mistake is a learning opportunity. That even when I’ve dug a hole big enough to bury myself that God has come along and dug me out. Mistakes are simply that, miss-takes, and God always gives us the opportunity to try again. Some call it Love, some call it Grace, but whatever it is it is God’s gift and it covers us. It’s the good news of the Kingdom, that we’re free to get it wrong and start again. Jesus passed the test so that I can flunk it and try again. Heave a sigh of relief, and live!
Monday (Every Monday) 7:00pm – 9:00pm Young adults group at Laura and Phoebe’s home in Brighton. For more details speak to Pastoral Support team member Andrew Ramage on 07905 537618
Monday April 14th 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Prayer group at Wendy and Sarah’s home in Newhaven.
Tuesday April 8th Worship 7:00pm. Discussion group 7:30pm – 8:30pm. This week’s theme: Lent Week 5/6 ‘The second temptation’ This is an experiential group project helping us to walk together through Lent.
Saturday April 12th 10:30 – 12:30am Board meeting – at Wendy and Sarah’s home in Newhaven. All welcome.
Thursday April 17th SEDER MEAL, 7pm – 9pm at Andrew and Sj’s home in Newhaven. Please book directly with Sj.
Friday April 18th – Walk of witness through the town – details to follow.
Sunday April 20th 8am, (Easter Sunday) – Early morning worship with One Church on the beach directly behind the Brighton Wheel. Come and celebrate the Risen Christ!