Fourth Sunday of Lent: Change within ourselves comes from light of Christ, NYC pastor says
March 18, 2023 at 22:00
The faithful around the world are celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Lent this weekend on March 19, 2023.
This special Lenten season is a time to reflect on how change is only possible with the light of Christ, Dr. Michael Keller, senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Square, in New York City, told Fox News Digital.
"Many of us spend copious amounts of money trying to change our appearances, our prospects and our character," said Keller.
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT: GOD WILL QUENCH OUR 'SPIRITUAL HUNGER AND THIRST,' SAYS BALTIMORE FAITH LEADER"It is very American to desire change," he said.
In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, the apostle writes, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light" (Ephesians 5:14).
This passage "is often used to encourage waking up and changing," Keller told Fox News Digital in an interview.
"We think [change] is a process of the will to try harder and strive."
"Like waking up to the sunshine, change comes naturally when we allow ourselves to bask in the beauty of Jesus' life and work," he said.
"It is in resting in his love that we find the power to change."
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul is saying that "when Jesus shines like that, then we can wake up from our sleep," he added.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER"Ironically, it is in resting in his love that we find the power to change," he said.
"Just as Chadwick kept her mental image of the shoreline in her mind, we, too, can keep a vision of Jesus' beauty and love."