How is it already the middle of February? With all my trips for work and living life, it has been difficult to keep organized the last 2 months. I am ready for a break just to stop for a second. I find that in my hecticness (not a word, but going to use it) of life these days, it is more difficult to spend time with my Savior. I need to retreat. I need time just to be still. I need to practice being still and making time. It is so true that we create time for the things and people that are important to us.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Today begins the Lenten season. And while I do not usually go to a Lenten service – Baptist usually don’t – but I really want to focus today on what these next few weeks hold leading up to Easter and the celebration of what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of His Son.
As we begin the 40 days of Lent, we must first reflect on sin, since that is the reason Christ had to come in the first place. When we look at the origin of Sin, we look to Genesis 3. When God confronted Eve, Adam, and the serpent about the sin committed, none of them took responsibility for the sins committed. They blamed one another. They were punished, even though they tried to shift blame. There was then a need of reconciliation in their relationship to each other (Adam and Eve, not the serpent) and each of them to God.
So, I then reflect on my sin. How often do I shift blame and try not to take responsibility? How often do I try to explain away the consequences and my relationship with God is in need of reconciliation? How often do I have relationships that need repair because of sins committed. My answer is OFTEN! Boy do I have work to do! Reflection on sin is humbling and difficult. I realize how prideful I truly am and how flawed. I hope that when others see my sin, and see my reaction to that sin, that they see Christ working in me and through me as I ask for forgiveness and reconciliation happens in my relationships.
As you enter this season, take time to first reflect on your relationship with Christ. Your sin and asking for forgiveness. May the next 40 days be a true experience in experiencing Christ through your daily life. Take time daily to BE STILL and grow your relationship with your Savior and Lord. Don’t only believe in Christ. Know Christ… and then go make Him known to those around you.