Lent is designed to be an opportunity for everyday Christians to experience a similar reflection and time that Jesus had in his 40 days in the desert, where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time in the heat of the days and the cold of the nights, he found clarity, strength to resist temptation.and the foundation to begin his ministry.
How can we, in these modern days, replicate even a small bit of that experience? Some people give up things, like chocolate or coffee. Others add to their days a moment of service to others. Some change behaviors during Lent, for instance, buying only what is needed and forgoing wants.
All of these actions are for naught, unless they come with time to pause and reflect how it is taking you into the desert. Its not enough to just give things up, add service to your day, purchase differently. The purpose of Lent is to follow Jesus to the desert, to contemplate our ministry in our life.
Maybe you don’t see that you have a ministry in this world. We don’t have to go to divinity school, to be a minister. The living of our lives is a ministry. What we do, how we do it, what we say, how we say it, what we think, how we display it. That is our ministry.
Lent is a time to get a keener vision of where God wants us to be, how he wants us to follow him. It is a time to challenge what you are doing, saying, thinking.
It is a time to ask yourself, am I serving my ministry or am I serving myself?
These are questions that deserve time. Perhaps that is the real sacrifice in today’s sped up world. To take the time to make room for these questions, to sit with them for 40 days and nights, to give our time to God, listening for his vision for our ministry. Time is our desert.
For this time of Lent, we are making this blog space available to any who have an interest in sharing your desert time. We will be posing questions for you to consider and answer. There will be two questions, one for adults, another for children. Your answers will be posted with your name or anonymously, however you desire. We don’t care if you have misspellings or awkward sentence structure. If you ask, we can edit for those kind of things. This is not about perfection, but about the spirit of your words.
Question for Adults
How do you plan to follow Jesus into the desert to strengthen and build your ministry?
Question for Children
What can you do each day to show your Jesus heart to the world?
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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