April 10, 2020 - Mind
When I woke up this morning my mind was still stayed on Jesus. During this Lenten Season our focus has been somewhat shifted to covid-19 than Jesus. Today let us shift our minds and thoughts back to this season of reflections and renewal. It is my hope that we have remained in communion with God and we have established a closer relationship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We started on Ash Wednesday taking a self- examination of ourselves. I hope that the time examination has served us well.
The question I ask today is, "What did you take on for Lent, rather than what did you give up?" I ask that question because so many of us during this time of crisis have stepped up to transport persons to grocery stores and doctor's appointments, purchase food for the needy, pack bags of grocery, mailed cards, contacted family and friends, etc. These are all acts of love that we can see Jesus giving his approval. For we know that Jesus did not come into this world to be served, rather to serve. Those of us who continue to serve in some way during this pandemic, bless you.
Since we have not been able to attend church at the physical building, it is my hope that we have tuned in to Bible study, prayer services, Sunday Worship on you tube, Holy Week services, etc. I also hope that we have made time for devotional time, prayer, fasting and scripture reading.
Now is a good time for us to return to or forge a greater relationship with God by being more loving and more forgiving. Can we truly say we have changed since the "Stay Home Mandate" for the betterment of mankind or are we the same as we were before Ash Wednesday? If nothing has changed, then Lent has been just another 40 days. Resurrection Sunday is a couple of days away and may we be able to come clean and get rid of some of our clutter and chaos.
In a time like this, when we are experiencing a world pandemic, Lent is needed more than ever. May we not be discouraged by all of the confusion facing us today? We must keep our minds stayed on Jesus.
We have participated in a Love Feast, Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples in which he predicts his betrayal by the following denial of Peter; and Good Friday Service (tonight), the day on which Christians around the world remember Jesus's crucifixion and burial. Now may we look forward to Easter Sunday morning, the day on which Jesus rose from the grave.
May we through our faith continue to display the love of God, the love of Jesus to everyone so that this world may be a better world to live?
Please now turn your Bibles to John 18:1-19 and let that be your scripture reading for today.
Not as sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor