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April 8th "What I Really Need" by Abe Park

Passage: Mark 14:32-42

Jesus goes to pray in the garden of Gethsemane with some of his disciples, but the disciples would fall asleep while Jesus is praying. In response, Jesus tells his disciples in verse 38...

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

This is roughly our fourth week into self quarantine and I am starting to notice some personal changes. I work on my kitchen table which is right next to my kitchen. The number of steps I take in a day has decreased significantly and the numbers of calories I intake has increased significantly. Some people call this the quarantine fifteen. You know what else I noticed? It's so easy to do nothing.

After meditating on God's word, I started to realize.. I am feeding my body, my flesh, by giving it what it desires. In turn, it has made me weak... weak and heavy. The temptation I face is living as if I am only of flesh, not realizing that we are spiritual beings that needs spiritual nourishment. I ask myself why I am feeding my flesh (both literally and metaphorically speaking), flesh that is weak, when I should be feeding my spirit that is eager and willing. Why am I falling into the temptation of sleeping spiritually as if it's not important? Jesus tells us to watch (to be alert) and pray (acknowledging God) so that we will not fall into temptation of pleasing our flesh rather than our spirit.

I pray and hope that this time of quarantine would be a time of spiritual restoration and not a time of fleshly temptation.... In Jesus name, Amen.

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