The Best Is Yet To Come: The Season of Preparation

The Lenten Season has begun and as Christians, we ought to get excited about our Lenten journey. This is our season of preparation.

 “Then Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards, he was hungry.”               

— Matthew 4:1-2

 Before Jesus started to build up the kingdom of God, He had to prepare. So as a Christian, if we truly want to do the work of God, we have to get ready and that’s what Lent is all about. In many churches, Lent is the start of the Christian year. We are supposed to spend the next forty days and forty nights getting ready to carry out God’s mission in the coming year. Oddly enough, with this preparation comes temptation. But don’t get discouraged. When you really dig into what Matthew is telling us in these two sentences, it’s hard not to get excited.

 First, who is leading you? Whose direction are you following in your life? Hopefully, it’s the Spirit of God that dwells within you. And if that is the case, then you should read this word and understand that sometimes, the Spirit will take you somewhere you don’t want to go. I am fairly confident Jesus was not looking forward to leaving His home to go into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Who would? But when God is calling you to do something, you have to trust Him. It may not be where you want to go, but it will be where you need to go in order to grow.

 It was necessary for Jesus to get away from the world so that He could clearly see God’s plan for His life, but He had to deal with the devil. When you are walking with the Spirit, please trust, know and believe, the devil is going to tempt you to do wrong. John 10:10 tells us, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.” So please don’t think that you are above this piece of scripture. But even with temptation, Jesus emerged victorious and was ready to carry on His mission. And the same thing can happen for you.

During this season of preparation, we are called to do three things; give alms, pray and fast. You may be thinking, ‘Jesus only had to fast.’ That’s true, but Jesus was also able to get away to be alone with the God during this time, that’s something most of us can’t do. But you can DO three things, give alms, pray and fast.

 Matthew 6: 1-18 gives us clear instructions on how we are supposed to do these things. It basically comes down to this, don’t go out looking for recognition or a pat on the back for what you’re doing. Your Lenten journey is between you and God. The amount of money you’re giving is not for anyone else to know. When you pray, do it by yourself. I’m not saying don’t pray with others, but give God some alone time with you. He may want to tell YOU something. And when you fast, don’t make a big deal out of it. Whether you are giving up something, not eating meat on Fridays or kicking a bad habit, you don’t have to talk about it with everyone. When you want to talk about it, talk to God. After all, it is God who is going to reward you for doing these things. And the most amazing thing will happen for you after the forty days and forty nights are over.

 “He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.” You too will be “hungry” after Lent, hungry to do God’s work. Take this time to prepare your spirit to do God’s will and after a while, you will see that you are excited about it. You will feel a fire, a hunger, burning inside you to go after what God is calling you to do.

 I am reminded of a musician named Jason Poe. He was studying under another musician who made him write, record and produce seven songs in seven days. It was exhausting for him, and not all of the songs were good songs. But once it was over, Jason was better. He was able to look at his music differently and his desire, his hunger for songwriting was renewed.

 Let this season of preparation renew your spirit and equip you with the power of God to do His work and realize, the best is yet to come.

 Ashley Goudeau

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