This week in our Lenten journey we look at our connection to God. Our scripture is from the first half of the third chapter of John, the story of Nicodemus coming at night to talk with Jesus. The passage ends with those familiar words in John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.” (CEB)
Nicodemus never got to ask the question that it seems to me brought him to Jesus. I can only guess that it was along the lines of wanting to know about Jesus’ connection with God, a question that I think most of us have had at some point in our faith journey.
For me I think it begins with prayer, having a conversation with God regularly. Another part of that conversation is my devotion each day. Most days that takes place in my office looking out at our yard. I have used different devotions over the years, and some I go back to from time to time. Currently I am using one that was given to me thirty years ago, Breakfast with God. One of our former Bishops, Joe Pennell, taught the preaching class at licensing school each year he was with us. He would go around the room and ask each person to share their devotional practice. After everyone had shared, he would then tell the class that if they had no devotional life, they had nothing to say from the pulpit.
He is right. If we don’t have a devotional life, we don’t have a connection with God. And if there is no connection, or a broken connection, we have no witness to the world. We cannot point people to a God that we have no connection with.
How’s your connection? Are you working to maintain it?
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus the Christ, so that we can enjoy eternal life. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!