March 29, 2017
During the season of Lent we take time to examine ourselves and recognize our sinfulness. As I was thinking about that today, two different things really struck me. The first was the song by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, "No Longer Slaves." Several times this song repeats the line, "I am no longer a slave to sin, I am a child of God." It is important to take the time to recognize our sin, but we can't let what we see stop us from doing God's work. We have sin, but we are not slaves to sin. While we cannot stop sinning, God continues to free us from our sin. We are not bound by this sin; instead, we are free to live as God's children.
The second thing that struck me was in my Bible reading today. I read the story of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet (Luke 7). This woman was not invited to the meal and was probably a local prostitute. People were upset she was with Jesus, but Jesus used the opportunity to teach a lesson. The lesson shared was that the person who is forgiven more will love more. The woman knew she had sinned greatly and when she heard of Jesus and the forgiveness he offered, she was willing to do anything to be near him. In Lent, when we recognize our sin, we recognize how much we need Jesus. The hope is this self-examination brings us to a deeper love of our Savior.
As we go through Lent, we can never forget the end of the story. Jesus suffered and died and then rose again to forgive our sins. We know He has conquered death and the devil. We can live our lives like we know the end of the story, because we do. We have a God who loves us so much He was willing to send His Son to die in our place so we can be with Him. Take time this Lent to examine yourself and the sin we live in, but never forget that Jesus has already conquered that sin and restored us to Himself.
Mr. Robert Koehne