Sunday, January 21, 2007

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. The pastor’s personal blog has clued me in to the topic for this morning—fasting. I know Gregg won’t treat it as a program or a gimmick, but I tend to think fasting can easily slide into that swamp. He’s using the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness as the biblical text. I’m wondering to what degree Jesus had to deal with a God vs. self battle. Could a voice from heaven that everyone could hear saying “this is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased” start Jesus on an ego trip? Could the 40 days in the wilderness been about whether or not Jesus was going to let his self get between God and the mission he was on? Fasting has a lot to do with saying (in a way that uses actions instead of words) that God is more important than me.


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