Yield Not To Temptation
The Rev. Kino Vitet
(Continued from the Home Page)
It is important to engage in a period of self-reflection in order to get a sense of who we are and where we are on this pilgrim’s journey. We are never entirely in control of our lives; the world continues to make its demands and we tend to respond promptly without making a careful assessment of what is really being asked of us. In other words, every commitment that we make means that we are giving a little of ourselves and a small part of ourselves is also being transformed. Furthermore, we so very often like to partake in the things of this world to temporarily satisfy or soothe our nerves. When we continually engage the world, rest assure that the world is changing us. The change is often so subtle that we do not recognize it. We are almost never who we think we are.
Therefore, we need a season in the wilderness, which is time away from the things of this world. A sincere self-reflection requires that we detach ourselves from the tentacles of this world. This is not just a matter of physical isolation but a break from the things of the world that occupy us. In other words, we need to deny ourselves those things that would prevent us from taking a good look at who we are and where we going. According to Ezra 8:21 we need to “proclaim a fast [that] we might deny ourselves before our God.” When we could no longer satisfy or soothe our nerves with excessive whiskey, tobacco, clothes, food, television, worldly honor, worldly music and even friends; then we will be better able to truly come to terms with the source of our desires.
A sincere self-reflection should help us uproot any wrong desires so that the only desire that remains is the one to serve, worship and enjoy God all the days of our lives. The flesh will undoubtedly be exhausted but we must hold on to the promise that it is the spirit which gives life. For we know that “man cannot live by bread alone.”2 At the end of a good self-reflection we should be able to boldly say with Jesus “Away with you, Satan!” After these 40 days and 40 nights we must have a renewed commitment to serving and worshipping only God. At the end of this Lenten season we must remember that we are first Jesus’ disciples and not disciples of the world.
1 Matthew 4:2
2 Matthew 4:4