We are now thirteen days into the lent season. Lent is a special season in the Christian calendar to prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:25-30). It is known as a solemn time of reflection, meditation, prayer and repentance. Though the season is marked with an earnest pursuit of our relationship with God, it is a time to harness us firmly in our faith in God.
For anyone that has ever worn braces; you understand very well the discomfort that comes with wearing those wires in your teeth for a season to re-align any crooked dentition or correct mis-aligned jaw joints. Each of our daughters wore braces during their teenage years. I remember the discomfort they each felt; from frequent flossing and brushing. Wearing one now at my age, I can relate to the discomfort that comes with it and the restrictions of food- such as no sticky or crunchy foods.
However, with the discomfort and food restrictions is the anticipation for steadfast hope of well-aligned dentition and jaw joints. This makes the food restrictions and the temporary discomfort of wearing the braces bearable. Such is our participation in this solemn season of lent to prepare our hearts to experience deep renewal and fresh outflow of resurrection power or anointing.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 is a good scripture on our need as followers of Christ to participate in a time to re-align our hearts to God’s heart, word, will and purpose for mankind. God does not need re-alignment- He is unchanging in His character (Hebrew 13:8). We humans on the other hand are a different story. Our hearts need constant recalibration and re-alignment, which many times are uncomfortable.
Beloved brothers and sisters, not just at lent which is a deliberate time of seeking but our hearts need re-alignment frequently. This constant check-up keep our hearts pure and a befitting habitation for the Holy Spirit. Our hearts need cleansing from impediments, self-centeredness, unforgiveness, judgment of others, clutter of spite, resentment and bitterness towards God and others. In place of these, our hearts need to be enlarged with a fruitful holiness that contain compassion, generosity, gratitude, and most of all the God kind of love (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Lent is God’s invitation to experience Him at a deeper and higher level. Lent can be said to be a time to wear some braces, which can be uncomfortable. Brothers and sisters, let’s accept the invitation that will allow Christ to dwell in our hearts more fully; being rooted and grounded in His love. God Bless you!
For The Cause of Christ,
Dr. Johnson Obamehinti