Fourth Sunday of Lent: More Like Christ = Sacrifice

By Jenn Leneus

Based on Ephesians 2:1-10.

Saving grace to all humankind, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54882 [retrieved February 24, 2015]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reabhecc/5422927891/.

Saving grace to all humankind, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://bit.ly/1DkLV32 [retrieved February 24, 2015]. Original source: http://bit.ly/17Tjqyg.

Lent is a time people usually put aside to start a new habit, break an old habit, build will power, and deepen their relationship with Christ. During Christ’s 40-day fast, he sacrificed his hunger and thirst to edify us. At that time people were sinful and turning away from God and his ways. But God in sovereignty and in loving kindness saw fit to send his only son to die for us and offer us a salvation we can not find on the clearance racks at Walmart. We didn’t do anything to deserve this kind of love. It wasn’t our righteous ways (God wouldn’t sacrifice
God’s son if we were doing good), it wasn’t the fancy things we wore (God wants to be our only God). But God foresaw our destruction and wanted to give us another chance at heaven; after all; God did make heaven for us.

During this Lenten season, I pray that you seek to show someone the love of Christ, whether they deserve it or not. Mark 12:30 tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our neighbor may be an atheist, does that mean we love them any less?? Allow the spirit of God to lead you into loving those who aren’t in your normal “love” circle. Let’s also appreciate and thank God for alove that’s beyond our comprehension. So many of us are lacking the love of Christ, but we paint a smile on our face and go about our day. During this Lenten season, reach out and love someone; make them feel as special as God created us to be.

This post is part of a Lenten series. To read other posts in the series, click on the word “Lent” in the list on the right, under “Find Posts About….”

Jenn LeneusJennifer Leneus, LPN, serves as the coordinator of Young Adult Women’s Ministries with American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

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