There is a great interest in the Church Calendar these days. We at Providence Church honor the Church Calendar. We believe that just as God is interested in the times and seasons, we as a Church should also be interested in times and seasons that reflect the beauty of God’s story.
We enter today into the Season of Lent; a season generally seen as a penitential season. It is a time set aside to consider the sufferings of Jesus; His crucifixion, and the many temptations He endured for our sakes. In this Lenten Season, as we meditate on these great themes, we are reminded that the Lamb of God endured all these things for us. He could have avoided the cross, but endured the cross for our sakes.
My exhortation to you as we enter into this Season is to think deeply about what the cross means. Consider that Christ gave up all heavenly glory to live an earthly life. We too are called to consider in what ways we can minister to others; in what ways we can learn to live the cruciform life; a life of self-denial, and a life that is committed to bearing the cross, so that in Christ and His sufferings we may find life in the resurrection.
Let us pray: O Lord, teach us to live as you have taught us forsaking all that is ungodly to pursue you; and abandoning all earthly pleasures that cause us to stray from your ways. We pray this in Jesus’ Name.