lent sermon series

How To be Human

Finding Our Soul by Losing Our Selves

It’s hard to be human.  Each of us, at our very conception, is given a soul—our deepest identity, a unique blueprint, our truest self.  This is God’s gift to us, and we are given only a brief span of years to discover it, to accept it, and to live for it.  To do so is to know true freedom and liberation by connecting to the inexhaustible love of God.

But there are forces both within and without that are constantly working to thwart that discovery: the drive to conform to the expectations of the world, our friends and family, our religion, our culture; our longing for the approval and affirmation of others through our work, our appearance, our achievements, our wealth, our education.  All of these are the trappings of the false self, preventing us from knowing the freedom and joy that comes from living for our true self.

What makes it so hard to be human?  Quite simply, it’s the fear of losing our false self in our lifelong pursuit of finding our soul.  This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Those who find their lives will lose them, and those that lose their lives because of me will find them.”

Join us throughout this season of Lent as we discover how, in becoming truly human, we become most fully alive to God, to the world, and to ourselves.