I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time sitting still. Even if I squeeze in some sitting at the end of the day, I’m usually reading or working on my laptop. Purposefully sitting, reflecting, being still is a discipline that I must intentionally cultivate.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
So this story always kinda bothered me. Being a Martha – getter done, easily distracted by my to-do list – kinda gal, I felt like she got a bad rap. It wasn’t until recently that I realized Jesus was saying that Mary chose what was BETTER. Not that one was good and one was bad. One was good and one was better. Also, that Martha wasn’t admonished for serving, but for being worried and upset over her many distractions.
Serving God is good. Sitting at Jesus’ feet is essential.
As we look forward to the season of Lent, we are asking you to join us in a new study as we purposefully carve out time in our day to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear the words He spoke in the Gospels. Each day of Lent we will have a passage to read and a guide to help us spend time meditating on the red letter words of Christ. We are confidently asking God to meet us in this quiet place and speak truth to our hearts.
Why a Lent study?
Lent is a tradition that began in the early church. Since the 500s Lent has traditionally been set apart as the 40 days (excluding Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday. The 40 days is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.
“Lent eventually became imbedded into Christian tradition as a season for the church to symbolically follow Christ into the wilderness. Rather than skipping over the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion, Lent is a season to prepare ourselves for the joy of Resurrection Sunday as we enter the sorrow and pain that preceded it. It is a time of fasting and self-denial, though not for denial itself, but to empty ourselves of lesser things that we might be filled with the greater things of the gospel.” – Matt Grimsley
Lent is a time to withdraw, remember, repent, and be changed. A time to ask God what we need to sacrifice in order to purposefully be still and know He is God (Psalm 46:10). An opportunity to strip off our filthy rags of pride, sin, and self-righteousness and let Christ clothe us in the beautiful robes of Himself!
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You will receive a downloadable workbook that you can use to follow along each day of our study. In addition, every day of Lent, you will receive a devotional that corresponds with the scripture reading sent straight to your inbox.
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Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”