Lent is the season of the church year when we focus on the sacrifice Jesus made to pay the debt we owe for our sin. We know there is no way we can pay the debt ourselves. Only the Son of God could do that. We have salvation only through faith in Jesus.
While we can not repay Jesus for what He has done for us, His love does require a sacrifice. As we read in James, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” We remain on earth to carry out the tasks which Christ left us to do – to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit the prisoner (Matt 25:31-46). Redeemer members do provide significant support for many human care ministries through our church offerings and even more through our personal contributions of funds and time, but there are always opportunities for more.
Furthermore, each of us is addressed by the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Close at hand, we have the difficult and challenging responsibility to bring the Gospel to those who we know and meet in person. We also respond to this commission on a wider scale by providing funds to support our pastors, teachers, and missionaries.
Let us pray for the desire to be good stewards of the gifts of salvation. Let us pray for God’s guidance in devoting an appropriate portion of our time and health and wealth to participate in the work of God’s kingdom.