Lent in Focus
Text: Mark 1:13
And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan, and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
As Lent begins on 17th February (Ash Wednesday) 2021; we’re set to commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who fasted and prayed for 40 days in the wilderness prior to his suffering and death at the cross. Hence, Lent serves as a unique time that is first and foremost about the gospel making its way deeper into our lives.
This sacred period is that time of the year when we need to reflect in the lead about Christ’s profound love and sacrifice for us. As well as make a conscious effort to grow in our relationship with him. Therefore, it’s important to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life to appreciate God’s goodness and faithfulness.
More so, as Lent approaches, let’s make plans to get away from the life of the flesh – into the life of the Spirit; denying our own ways and embracing God’s by deliberately giving up some of the things we love. Although, Lent isn’t just about giving up things. It’s also about adding things: those things that make room for genuine repentance, consecration, sanctification, righteousness, holiness, etc.
Consequently, our goal during this Lent should be along the line of Jesus’ wilderness experience. Just like Jesus did, let’s get ready to do some giving up of unhealthy lifestyle and habits, food, etc. Although giving up things is not distinctly a Christian thing – many give up different things all the time in the name of self-help, fitness, vengeance, etc.
The point of Lent is to reorient our lives God-ward.
It’s my earnest desire that you make it your goal to get better acquainted with Jesus this season. I urge you beloved reader to get ready to replace those things that easily beset with total devotion to Christ. Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus who paid an enormous price for our redemption; which he so did willingly (Luke 9:51).
Lastly, as we anticipate the victory of the light and life of Christ over the darkness of sin and death this Lent. It’s my prayer that as we journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter, we’d be reminded of the magnitude of Jesus sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Dearly beloved, an appropriate response to this announcement is to take stock of our lives; in order to reconsider how we’ve been living in light of God’s presence and power made available to us in Jesus. This is what Lent is for: to reflect on our lives as they are, and what they should be.
- Lord, help me find my way back to you this Lent season in the name of Jesus.
- Draw me out of darkness into your marvelous light. And use my life to reflect your glory in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
Please also consider Do Not Be Anxious For 2021 (by Elizabeth Boyd)