April 23rd – Pippa Searle

intimacy_thumbHello lovely church!

I thought this week would be a good opportunity to reflect on the past 5 weeks. This Lent I begrudgingly gave up Instagram. Little did I know that God had other plans. He took my miniscule gesture of surrender and led me to understand larger parts of my life where He needed me to relinquish control and fix my gaze on Him. This was not at all fun, and though I resurfaced slightly broken, I am filled with hope for the next step in my journey with Him.

We have just celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection. What better time is there to willingly die to ourselves and rise again with Christ?! Wherever we are in our faith, we are constantly being called to give ourselves over to God in fresh ways so that we may live with Him and for Him every single day.

It is so easy to put things off or not address problems we know are there, convincing ourselves that they aren’t really problems at all! But what if we stopped denying and started dying? By giving in to God, we put him above everything else in our lives. We acknowledge Him as our mighty Lord and loving Father who knows us and loves us and in whom we completely trust.

How does that look for you today? Are there things in your life that you know hinder you from having the intimate relationship with God you so desire? Where is God challenging you to let go? Some of these steps will be tiny, but as we ‘let go and let God’ our trust increases and so too do the demands on our hearts and lives – a daunting prospect, but how exciting to be living in full obedience to the creator of this world who wants only the best for His creation!

‘I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!’ (Philippians 3:10-11).

Pippa Searle (Children’s & Youth Intern)