Sackcloth and Ashes….Two things we never take to church. Maybe we should. Two symbols carved into the Bible through the stories of Adam, Abraham, Job, David, Esther, Nehemiah, Daniel and Jesus. Stories that call God’s people to pay attention.
HEAR GOD “You are dust and you will return to dust.” Genesis 3:19 “So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:3 “Anyone who has ears should listen!” Matthew 13:9
HONOR GOD “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people.” James 4:8
It is time for me lay it down.
It is time to pick up our sackcloth and ashes. The following video provides a resource for reflection during these first days of the Lenten season. Additional videos will follow each week.
The Lenten Season reminds us that Jesus spent 40 days in prayer, spiritual preparation and wrestling with temptation before He began His public ministry. We need time to prepare our hearts to grow with God.
The 40 days of the Lenten season, starting with Ash Wednesday, is a time to evaluate our spiritual lives and redirect our life-focus as followers of Jesus. The 40 days give us time to make adjustments to our behavior, i.e. repentance, and draw near to God.“If anyone want to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
- When I put my life in God’s hands and LAY IT DOWN my hands are freed to pick up the things of God.
LAY IT DOWN is a time to:
- STOP and reflect on the claims of Jesus on my life
- ADJUST the pace of my life to grow with God
- FEED my spirit in prayer, Scripture and worship
LAY IT DOWN is where God works, transformation happens, real life begins.
Sackcloth and ashes are available for you to take home at anytime during this Lenten season.