I am especially excited about entering into Lent this year because I believe God is going to use this season to teach us some great things about what it means to be His church. Each Sunday morning I will be unpacking a text from the book of Ephesians that will help us understand, in greater depth, how we can respond to the call God has placed on our lives. Each week in your small groups, many of you will be listening to one another and discussing with one another how God’s call plays out in your life day by day. Will you commit to pray with me that this will be a transformative time for each of us personally and as a church corporately?
Lent is also a wonderful time to reflect on the extent to which God was willing to go to redeem us and give us new life. When we truly grasp what our condition was before we came into a relationship with Jesus, and when we understand what it took to change our situation, how could we do anything less than give ourselves completely to God’s purpose and plan for us? Paul tells us, “God shows his live for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Some versions say, “While we were still his enemies, Christ died for us.” Isn’t that amazing?
Let’s enter this Lenten season with the expectation that God will do some great things in us and through us.
Together with you in Christ’s service,