If you don’t know, today is Ash Wednesday. It’s 47 days until Easter, a day we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But Ash Wednesday is more than just a day on the calendar. It’s a day of remembrance. A day that is the start of a short season where, as Christians, we reflect on what Christ did for us.
We are a fallen world. Yes, it did all start with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). Eve believed the small amount of doubt that the serpent gave to her in the garden about what God really meant when he said not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In hindsight it’s so easy for us to think, “No, Eve! Don’t do it! It’s a lie!”, but if you think about it, even just for a moment, would you have believed the serpent?
God loves us enough to give us the choice. We can choose to be on our own, under our own control or we can choose to love him and be accepted by his grace and forgiveness and be overwhelmed with his peace. But even if we choose to love him, we are still human. We are inclined to “stick it to the man” and be selfish.
Despite all of this, God still pursues us. Yes, even you. He loves you and wants to pursue a relationship with you, walk beside you through your struggles, and wants you to spend eternity with Him. He sent His one and only Son to die for you so that you could spend forever with Him (John 3:16-17).
I want to use this season of Lent to remember. To remember who I was and how Christ has changed me. I never could have changed on my own and I still continue to change and grow in my walk with the Lord. But all of it is Christ at work in my heart and life.
Over the next 47 days I will be reading the Daily Readings over at She Reads Truth in their series called “Lent” and I would love it if you would join me. There is also an app where you can join into the conversation for a couple dollars or you can subscribe via email and get the daily reading for free that way. Or you can just use this next month and a half as a time diving into God’s Word and seeking more of His truths for your life. But I would challenge you not to do nothing. Do something to remember what Christ has done for us.
Join the conversation and reflection on all that Christ is doing and continues to do. Remember where you and I and all of us have been and how He is working. Christ is our Redeemer, Savior, and All in All.
Will you join me in remembrance?
The Ash Wednesday Prayer