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Pastor Youngju Steven Kim
Rev. Steven Kim

 

Season of Revival!

As spring is coming near, so is Lenten season. I am glad to mention the word spring the first time through this winter. As the season moves on, God will bring all the dormant life up to the surface of the ground little by little. He also wants to bring up one’s dormant life to its revival. Lent is the season of our spiritual revival.

The outstanding message of Lent is that one’s spiritual revival starts from one’s penitent heart. Penitence is the very beginning of our spiritual journey in the Christian faith. That is why the very first message of Jesus’ in his public ministry was about nothing else but repentance. Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”

During the season of Lent, we are invited to look back on our lifestyle and double check our priorities in life. God invites us to see the vanity of worldly pleasures, wealth, and fame. He urges us to re-route our life to the essence of life itself.

In Luke 12:20, Jesus calls the rich man a fool whose life was entrapped by his wealth and worldly blessings. In God’s sight, he was a biggest loser of life because he had never sought the life eternal. That was a disaster to him.

"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'”

This year our Lenten journey starts on February 14th. That night we are going to have our own Ash Wednesday service independently. It will be a powerful reminder for us that our body and our life on earth will turn to ashes eventually. One’s life sorely invested in the earthly life will be scattered away like ashes in the end.

Historically, Christians have sought various ways to discipline themselves spiritually during Lent. Some choose not to eat meat or drink coffee or alcohol. Some choose to attend Lenten services or participate in Lenten studies. Some choose to read the Bible intensively or attend the prayer sessions or read spiritual books and so on.

No matter what avenue you choose during Lent this spring, I pray that God would pour the penitent spirit onto you and you come closer to His presence and the new life in Jesus Christ afresh.

    

In Peace...