As I write this; today is a day celebrated by much of the church as Ash Wednesday. That is not part of our tradition or practice at Lockport Church, nor do we observe Lent as many do. Those practices may seem strange to us, but we can learn from them. I have no desire to change our practice, but would recommend that we seriously consider the need to prepare ourselves for Easter. It is certainly the most significant day on the calendar for the Christian.
We live in a world with many concerns and many distractions. Every day we get mail from Christian organizations sharing significant needs and opportunities to minister to those needs. We also are constantly bombarded with the many luxuries available to us in this country. We have an abundance of things to watch, read, or to attend. We have many opportunities to do much good, and to do much evil. But, there is also great opportunity to do nothing at all! (At least nothing that is significant one way or the other). We can easily be busy about nothing.
That tendency exists within the church as much as it does without. We can get caught up in our programs and our activities, being very active, and do little of value. It happens when we loose our focus – when we go through the motions of religion having forgotten their significance. This is a great time of the year to refocus on what is most important.
The Apostle Paul clearly gave us that focus in 1Corinthians 15 when he said, For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. There is nothing more important in the world than that statement! Our hope, our life, our salvation are all wrapped up in the simple yet profound statement of the gospel.
Use this season as a time to re-prioritize your life. There is nothing else as significant as that great truth – God became man and died for us, being resurrected as victor over sin and death! Once you wrap your mind and heart around that truth and spend time in considering the reality of it. Everything takes on a different perspective.