The scripture passages today remind me that my Lord deserves all praise and glory and that’s what he desires from me. I can praise him in my words and in my deeds, especially my desire to do his will and not my will.
The Gospel talks about fasting. When I think of fasting, food always comes to mind. I must admit, I struggle with the thought of fasting because I like to eat. But fasting is much more than just eating and there are many ways of sacrifice and mortifications that are pleasing to God. But I do think the Lord puts fasting from food on my heart because of my attachment to it.
When I am attached to anything, I will desire it more and replace God in my life with it. Food can be an attachment for me. When I am stressed, I eat. When I celebrate I eat. I can always seem to find some reason to eat and giving up food can be a challenge for me. To fast would help me to bring my focus on the Praise and Glory of God rather than myself.
Today I have the day off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a man that praised God and stood up for God’s truth. He loved Jesus and was willing to die like Jesus so that others might have the freedom of life that I was given. I know I will not understand the magnitude of his suffering but he and all who profess Jesus are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.