Listen to Jesus
We are in the season of Lent. A season where we pay close attention to the trials Jesus went thru on His way to His final act- His crucifixion for the forgiveness of our sins. Our sins. He crucified Himself – yes, I say Himself because I believe He could have stopped it at any time but He allowed it to continue because it needed to be done…. To save us. Us, children of God who have sinned and continue to sin. Us, who choose to listen to ourselves instead of listening to Him. Him, who came down to live among us. Him, who came down to teach us the way, the truth, and the light. Him, who was crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. Us, who can be selfish and think only of ourselves. Him, who did EVERYTHING for us.
Lent. It gives me pause. It MAKES me think about all He did for His children. It MAKES me think about all I have NOT done for Him. It MAKES me think of how unselfish He was for us. It MAKES me think of how selfish I have been.
They say Lent is a time of giving up. Of giving up vices to symbolize the sacrifice that Jesus went through. But I think of it more as a chance for transformation. A chance for us to be transformed and renewed into the person that Jesus knows we are meant to become. Jesus came down to help us with our transformation. The lessons are there. All we have to do is listen. Because you know, He didn’t have to come down here. He didn’t have to sacrifice Himself on the cross for us. He didn’t have to go thru all that pain and suffering. But He did, and the reason is simple. Because He loves us. Because He wanted to come down here to get us to wake up and pay attention.
How much do you love Jesus? Do you love Him enough to have Him help you with your transformation? Would you sacrifice yourself for Him?
I am always a proponent of what we can do in service to Jesus through Lent, instead of just giving up vices. So, here is my challenge to you for this Lent.
Jesus gave us all the lessons we need for our transformation so I encourage you to read one of His lessons everyday through Lent. Listen to Him and let Him help you with your transformation. I bet you’ll be reminded of lessons, learn some new lessons, and gain a new self-awareness of where you are in your transformation.
Which of course will then bring us to the hardest part of our transformation- continuing on after He is gone. Ok, He’s never gone from us but what I mean is, after He has taught us the lessons and shown us who we were meant to be, we need to remember those lessons and keep them close for the rest of our earthly lives. NOT, just through the season of Lent. We need to follow those lessons and rely on them when things get difficult as they WILL help us make it through.
This is Lent. Recommit yourselves. Transform yourselves. And above all….. Listen to Jesus.
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