“Lent Begins”

This Weeks Meditation  “Lent Begins”
Read: Matthew 4:1-11

Today is Ash Wednesday.  It is the day which signifies the
beginning of the Lenton season.  This particular day and
season has been observed for centuries by Protestants and
Catholics and has taken on various meanings throughout
Christendom.

The main focus of this day and this season is to refocus.
Before the beginning of his earthly ministry Jesus spent 40
days in the wilderness fasting and being tempted by Satan
(Matthew 4:1-11).  This time of temptation provided Jesus the
opportunity to proclaim what his ministry would consist of.
God’s Word and God’s Power!  He used those to deflate Satan’s
temptations.

Lent is a time for us to consider our own ministry and our own
calling as a disciple of Christ.  We often hear about people
giving something up for the season of Lent.  This can
sometimes be helpful to help us practice the example of
fasting and praying, but even more important is a sincere
desire for spiritual renewal with Jesus.

In our lives we are often asked to sign things as proof that
we agree to a certain premise.  It can often mean the simple
declaration of promising to follow something.  When we receive
Christ we promise to follow his ways and God’s Word.  But
there are times in our life that we allow other things to
cloud that promise.

Lent is a time to renew that covenant (promise) we have made
with God.  God is able to and will keep his promise to us and
it is important for us to remember that when Satan comes at us
with temptation.  Instead of viewing that temptation as an
opportunity to break our promise, we can instead view it as an
opportunity to renew it.

Most of all, as we go through these next 46 days that lead up
to Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, let us
be reminded of God’s continuing love for us.  He will never
leave us or forsake us. That’s a promise He will never break!

Make it personal:  If you want to give something up for Lent
that would fine and maybe helpful, but also think about what
you can add to your life that will draw you closer to Jesus.
More prayer, more time in God’s Word, more time reaching out
to others in need, more time worshiping Christ. The
opportunities are endless.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life

Arthur Mennonite Church