Lent | 3.27.12
During the Lenten season we often hear about the significance of it being a time of preparation as we anticipate the celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the spiritual renewal that follows. Yes, the risen Savior has come and fulfilled His purpose on the earth, as well as in the lives of those who have accepted Him. Along with this acceptance, we have been given a great responsibility. We are encouraged to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. With such a great commandment, He grants us the grace to accomplish it. However, we know the world with its attractions, distractions and disturbances can cause us to sometimes miss the mark; for we know that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All sorts of things can find their way into our hearts and minds today, perhaps we are not taking full responsibility for our lives when we expose ourselves to a barrage of ungodly words, music or images. On the other hand, we can fill our hearts and minds with God’s Word and therefore, create a defense against some of the evil messages the world sends our way. The Lenten season should bring about awareness and a consciousness of how far away we are from perfection and/or holiness.
This is the realization that David came to in Psalm 119:9-16 asking, “how can I purify my way?” As we examine our lives according to the perfect law of liberty, a moral, personal, and spiritual inventory should invoke such a question. It should also bring about a desire in us, as born again believers, to have a closer walk with our God. We should seek God with our whole heart with a focus on faithfulness, obedience, commitment, understanding and self control. As our source of life, eternally and abundantly, we can grow to live and depend upon His Word as a vital and necessary element in our hope, healing, restoration and salvation. The Bible teaches us that the Word of God is the power of God unto salvation. I am happy to recall how humbled and honored I felt when given the invitation to write a passage for this Lenten Devotional. I was reminded of my own personal relationship and devotion to the obedience to God and to His Word that leads me and guides me everyday. Amen
Minister Lamont E. Maxwell
You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at:http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf