Blessings and Deadly Sins
We are starting this season of Lent focusing on Blessings and sins. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our mortality and of the saying ashes to ashes, dust to dust. This verse gives a promise of blessings. In fact God promises here to supply all of our needs from the glorious riches of Jesus. As the season of Lent begins we are reminded that our biggest need is the grace of Jesus from the cross.
Part of our struggle in life is that we do not have a clear demarcation between needs and wants. A need is a necessity and something that you cannot survive without. Part of the struggle we have is with abundance so that we no longer deal with needs or necessities. I meet people all of the time who tell me they have everything they need, and why seek God in any way.
We can think we have everything we need and life is often lived in the area of wants, and we all have plenty of these. But wants can come and go and change drastically over time. For those in this situation, life is all about choices and one never faces a need until some moment in life when a doctor may tell you, you need this or else.
The great blessing of Jesus is that God saw our need and provided him even before we knew we needed him. The “or else” is no longer something we have to worry about or fear, because God provides all we need in life or in death. The saying goes “ashes to ashes, dust to dust in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.