“Come near to God and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure.” – James 4:8 (New Century Version)
Spring will soon be here, (at least according to the calendar) and after this long cold, snowy winter, it will certainly be a relief to see green grass, flowering plants, and trees bearing fruit. Perhaps some of you are even anticipating spring cleaning.
I recently heard the story of a college student who called her boss to say her car had broken down and she was stranded. When her boss arrived, the student was leaning against her car looking flustered. Her boss asked, “What happened?”
She replied, “Well, I was driving down the road and it quit running, so I pulled off onto the shoulder.”
“Could you be out of gas?” asked the boss.
“No” she replied, “I just filled it up.”
“Did it make any noises?” he inquired.
“O yes,” replied the girl. “As I was driving down the hill, it went brump, brump, brump, POW!”
“Hmm,” said the boss, “when was the last time you changed the oil?”
“Oil?” she said giving him a quizzical look. It turned out she had owned the car for a year and a half and had never changed the oil.
We are about to begin the season of the church called Lent. Lent is a time to clean our spiritual house or to perform a routine of regular spiritual maintenance, like changing the oil in our car. Lent is a time that Christians have set aside in the church calendar for self-examination and repentance, reflection on Jesus death on the cross, and recommitment to serving Jesus with our whole heart. We take the time to do what is needed in order to draw closer to God. We use spiritual disciplines such as Bible Study, worship, prayer, and fasting in order to help us better align our lives with God’s will and way.
During this Lenten season we will be focusing on people who encountered the Savior in the Gospel of Luke. Some realized they needed a Savior, while others did not. What about us? Are we ready to encounter the Savior, Jesus Christ, this lent. I hope so, for we are all sinners in need of a Savior. In 1 John 1:8-9, God makes this promise: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I hope you will join us each Sunday during Lent, as we encounter the Savior, Jesus Christ, as we remember the price He paid to take care of our sin problem, and as we prepare to witness to the empty tomb on Easter. See you in worship, Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.!!
Grace and Peace,