|Published on Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:07|
Such a beautiful sign of God’s promise right over Shepherds Bush last month - pictured above. For anyone about to give something up for Lent in order to help them focus on God, there is a promise: “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8). He loves you immeasurably. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.” The reality of God’s ransom for each one of us through Jesus’s death on the cross is there for us to choose and it will change our lives.
Lent has become so secularised in recent decades, with many people viewing it simply as an opportunity to get slimmer, live more cheaply or watch less television, for the sake of the discipline as an end in itself. In fact Lent is in truth, the chance to align our living with Jesus, whose ultimate goal in 40 days of fasting was not to punish himself, but to feast on close communication with his heavenly Father, as he pointed out to Satan who tempted him with food: “Man shall not live on bread alone.” (Luke 4:4). Whatever you might give up, are you investing enough in God’s Word, in order to experience his nearness?
Something I find very helpful each morning is the daily the Bible In One Year readings, structured by Nicky Gumbel of HTB. Why not sign up on email and try them out on https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/bioy
Like me, you might sometimes struggle to have the space to read and reflect on all three of the passages each day… so just use one or two of them.