This is your invitation to enjoy Jesus. Now I suspect that some people might react to this statement with questions or even shock – how could I enjoy Jesus. Serving sounds easy, worshiping is understandable but enjoying? This is the journey that we will take together through the season of Lent. A journey of discovering God as lovesick over us and of enjoying Jesus, the great bridegroom.
What is Lent?
Imagine that your mom is making your favourite meal for you. She’s spent time this week shopping and planning and she’s spent all day in the kitchen baking and cooking and thinking of you with every dish she’s preparing. Now imagine that on your way to this feast, you stop off at McDonalds and have a Super-sized Big Mac Combo and a milkshake. As amazing as that might sound, it’s garbage compared to what your mom prepared and when you show up to eat, you aren’t even going to be hungry. Who of us would do this (at least intentionally)? No, if someone is making us a special meal, we want to come to the feast hungry.
Lent is a season in the church calendar that allows disciples of Jesus to prepare for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. The point of Lent is to make more room for the Holy Spirit to work in us. Often at lent, people will give up food (fasting) or other things that give us comfort, in order to do just this. Fasting also helps us to look forward to the feast of Easter (and the feast of Jesus’ soon return). It’s not that we want to be hungry or deprived, it’s that we want to be filled with the best things that God has to offer.
Together, towards Resurrection
For each of the 7 weeks between Mardi Gras and Easter we are going to join together to enjoy God, grow in faith, pray together and encourage each other. Each Wednesday, starting 18 February, I’ll post here a quote, a short devotional, some practical tips on fasting and prayer requests so that we can be praying together, even if we’re not in the same place.
You can use this material with your home group, your family, or on your own. We will also have a corporate time of prayer at the beginning of Lent on 18 February and again, after Easter on 15 April where we can join together to share what God has done in us.
For the King and His Kingdom!