If you’ve been worshipping at a Christian church for long, you probably have a pretty good idea of what Lent’s all about. We think of this forty-day season, which comes before Easter, as a penitential season. Lent is a time for Christians to reflect on our sinfulness. We consider the tragic impact of sin upon our world, and upon our own lives. Most important, we consider carefully in Lent how our sins led Jesus to the cross, to suffer in our place. A season of somber sorrow is appropriate, isn’t it, in the light of our sin?
Lent is just around the corner, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6. How can Christians be ready for Lent?
I could give you a whole list of suggestions, things you could do to get yourself in a serious spiritual state of mind. There are books to read, devotions to study, Bible verses to ponder, worship services to attend, disciplines to adopt, prayers to offer, and all kinds of good Lent “stuff” to try. While there’s nothing wrong with all of that, I think I have a better suggestion.
How to be ready for Lent? Just focus your heart and mind on Jesus Christ. Put your faith wholly and completely in Jesus Christ. Our Lord and Savior has done it all, everything needful for your salvation. There’s not a single thing you need to do to make yourself right with God, at this time of year, or ever.
So get ready for Lent by recognizing the awesome grace God has already shown you by sending his Son to pay for your sins. Reflect on the amazing love God has right now for you, and for all sinners, because of what Jesus has done. Contemplate on the value God places on you, as a believer in Christ. Rejoice in the assurance you have today in God’s powerful promise, that nothing in this world can ever separate you from God’s love, thanks to Jesus Christ.
Lent reminds us that we need to be penitent and remorseful before our God. But we’re truly ready for Lent when we’re truly focused on Jesus Christ, for he alone is the only remedy for our sin.
Blessed Lent to you and yours! In Christ,
Pastor Wayne Puls