Pastor Young Sun Lee

 

Greetings in the name of Our Gracious and Loving Lord, Jesus Christ! 

One of the most frequent phrases that I used to say whenever I recognize the flow of the time passing by so fast was “Time flies.”  So, today I have to repeat these words again feeling like I was standing a few days ago at the pulpit greeting to you “Happy New Year,” on the first Sunday of January this year with the New Year Resolution in mind to live more like Jesus Christ as the true light enlightening everyone and the perfect example of the resurrection in this world, that is, the life of the spirit, that we are called to live following Jesus in this world.

Now I am already near the end of February after all the busy days of January to prepare for the commissioning interview in the midst of busy schedule of the various ministries of the church. The result of the interview at the beginning of February was “not yet.” which was surely disappointing. But the rest days of February following the interview reminded me again of the blessings God has provided for me through the love and prayers of my family and friends in Christ. God’s blessings that I have been living with all through my life empowered me to discern my call to the ministry and continue to follow the call without being discouraged at all even at the moments of difficulties that I was confronted with in my life.

God’s Words from John 15:16 and 1 Peter 5:6-7 also guided me into the way to follow God’s call to the ministry in the midst of various kinds of difficulties,

16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. (John 15:16, NRSV)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7, NRSV)

We are now moving forward to our Lenten journey beginning on Ash Wednesday to join Jesus’ journey to the cross, which manifests God’s love and grace for us through Jesus Christ, with our faith in the promise of the resurrection of the dead following the example of Jesus Christ as the first fruits of the resurrection.  As I am looking back on the time that made me feel flying so fast with all the struggles and sufferings that I was confronted with in my life, these words from John 15 and 1 Peter 5 remind me again of God’s gracious love which will guide us throughout this Lenten journey to be like Jesus Christ in his love and humility through his journey to the cross.

As Jesus tells us in John 15, it is Jesus who chose us and appointed us to go and bear fruit that will last. It is not that we chose Jesus. Thus, through the love and grace of Jesus Christ who chose us, we are privileged to call God the Father and invited to live a Jesus-shaped life through this Lenten journey following Jesus’ journey to the cross with our faith in the promise of God for the eternal life after death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the first fruits of the resurrection of the dead.

For a Jesus-shaped life, as mentioned in 1 Peter 5, we are exhorted to be humble like Jesus before almighty God and follow Jesus as the perfect example of the resurrection in this world as well as in the future after death with all our anxiety cast on God leaning on the everlasting arms of God our Father in God’s love and grace for us through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Thus, at this time of beginning our Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday and going through 40 days till the Easter, with our hope to meet the risen Jesus Christ on the Easter at the end of this journey to the cross, may all of us strive to be humble like Jesus to go through our Lenten journey living a Jesus-shaped life with the love of God and love of neighbors following Jesus as the perfect model of our resurrected life in this world! Amen!

Blessings,

Pastor Young Sun