LENT Sunday Morning: We are not our own

LENT

We are not our own

Once more we are on the road for Lent and the journey towards Easter.  It is a road along which we are reminded whose we are and that we are not our own - we are summoned to our identity in Christ once more. Join us for a trek thorugh various texts that we may know that in dying to self we may be raised to new life.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism  into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. [ROMANS 6 v4]

“Now the great thing is this: we are consecrated and dedicated to God in order that we may thereafter think, speak, meditate, and do, nothing except to His glory. For a sacred thing may not be applied to profane uses without marked injury to Him.

If we, then, are not our own but the Lord’s, it is clear what error we must flee, and whither we must direct all the acts of our life. We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds.

We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us forget ourselves and all that is ours.

Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for Him and die for Him. We are God’s: let His wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward Him as our only lawful goal.”

–John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.7.1.

 

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