The six Sundays are not counted among the forty days of Lent because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” – a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.”
— ISAIAH 58:6-8 (The Message)
Our 40 Day journey into God’s heart for justice and compassion is about to enter into week three. How is it going so far?
Throughout the 40 days, Jesus will draw us closer, not only to seek and hear His heart’s desire, but to join Him in laying down our own lives to serve the serve people who are marginalized by circumstances of poverty, oppression and injustice.
There may be some on this journey who have been inspired to begin something new, to venture out of their comfort zone and to serve God in a new way. Some may be experiencing the heavy burden of their sacrifice and perhaps wondering what they have gotten themselves into! For all of us however, it is good to remember that God is delighted in those who faithfully commit to overcoming personal discomfort and instead chose to rely on His strength as we closely identify with those who are hurting.
“Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering … So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (HEBREWS 10:32-36 NLT)
Count it a privilege of living in ‘post-resurrection’ times when we have full knowledge that our hope in Christ is certain, that Jesus is alive and at work in the world and we are blessed to partner with him.
Today, let’s celebrate what we have experienced so far. Feel free to share comments, photos or videos of what has been happening in your own heart and life.