Last Wednesday was the start of the Lenten season. Whether or not you observe the Liturgical Calendar, Lent can be a powerful time of reviving our faith.
I wasn’t raised going to church. From the time I trusted Christ as Savior and Lord in my teen years, my involvement has been with Evangelical-Pentecostal churches. Several years ago, I discovered that I connect deeply with liturgical worship. I enjoy praying with The Book of Common Prayer. I observe Advent and Lent, and introduced them to my congregation.
“What are you giving up for Lent?” That seems to be the question of the day. The focus is on sacrifice. Others focus on adding an element of service or giving. For me, Lent is a season to intentionally make time for more of Jesus. Sometimes it does involve a sacrifice, like fasting a favorite food or activity. This year it involves opening my schedule in order to read one chapter a day of an inspirational book, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to me through the pages. Whether sacrifice or adding, the goal is the same though—making time for more of Jesus.
We bring who we are, with our strengths and weaknesses, to what we do and how we lead. I cannot separate who I am from my leadership ability. The way to grow as a leader is to grow as a person. The way to grow as a person is to become more like Jesus.
Consider this profound relationship with our God!
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19 MSG).
We become more like Jesus as we live full lives, full in the fullness of God through Jesus Christ.
Here is my exhortation: Whether or not you observe Lent, make time for more of Jesus. Make a plan to create more room for Him this season. When you do, I’d love to hear from you.