A Holy Week special by Style and Soul
"By this grace, you are saved through faith, a not of you; it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8
For most of us, Lent is commemorated by visiting several churches, reciting novenas, requiring ourselves not to eat meat or fast for a couple of days and even resorting to doing even the most unthinkable or gregarious "panata" (oath, vow, devotion).
Why not by deeds? Because we tend to count what we have "done". God doesn't want us to be like the Pharasees in the Bible who were proud of their so-called righteousness. Doing good, what is right and all the other "panata" isn't because (in our heads) we want to go to heaven after we die. Acts of goodness come out naturally in a man as manifestation of his faith and relationship with the Lord, not because of humane intentions.
Lenten season is the perfect opportunity for us to work on our faith and build a spiritual life closer to God. It is a time to let go of life's stresses and reflect in stillness, to be alone and engage in private conversation with Him and just let it all out. Apart from venting out our woes, we should learn to listen to what He has to say, for us to get to know Him more, know Him better. A prayer is the perfect moment to let go and let God.
One of my all-time favorite songs is Who am I? by the Casting Crowns. For me, this is one of the best praise and worship songs ever written. Kindly take your time watch it (video) and reflect on the touching and meaningful lyrics. It is the best reminder of Jesus' greatest story of sacrifice.
And whenever I ask myself that question, here You are God, answering me back through its lyrics. Lord you told me who I am, I am Yours.
I wish everyone a blessed holy week. :)