Lent – Day 1

We’re at the start of a journey through Lent, and I’m glad we’re sharing it together. I pray it will be a special time where we are transformed by the time we spend with God. Let’s get started…

Pray: Father God, as I commit to spend this time with you through Lent, I pray that you would speak to me. Speak through the reflections & verses of Scripture, speak to me through the things I see around me and the people I meet, speak to me through the songs I listen to and the programmes I watch. Open my eyes to see you, open my ears to hear you & open my heart to receive you once again. I pray that I would arrive at Easter day a changed person. Amen

It all starts with God…

gods-planThrough Lent we remind ourselves of Jesus’ 40 day journey in the wilderness, without food or water. He was completely dependent on His Father in heaven for His survival. But we can live our lives believing that we don’t need God – we don’t need to make time for God. We believe we can survive pretty well on our own – and so we try to do just that. But we’re each here on earth for a reason; not one of us is pointless.

If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.

‘We look at this Son [Jesus] and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible[…], everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in him.’ Colossians 1:16 – MSG

You won’t discover your true reason for being here by looking within yourself. The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask its creator. The same is true for you and me. Ask God.

‘It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.’ Ephesians 1:11 – MSG

Reflect:
– what am I here for?
– God, what do you have planned for me?

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