Here at Trinity, we celebrate the Church calendar, but we want to do so carefully by being faithful to Scripture not merely keeping traditions mindlessly, particularly when it comes to the season of Lent. We value meditating on Christís battle against Satan, His faithfulness to His Fatherís mission, His passion and death. We know that following Jesus means taking up our cross and gladly following Him. Thatís what we mean by Lent. We donít mean silly rules about not eating chocolate or giving up Facebook.
Lent is about remembering the call of discipleship. Lent is about remembering Christís sacrifice and renewing our commitment to lay our lives down for one another. Lent is about Christian discipline, about making sure our swords are sharp, making sure we are not harboring sins in our hearts, making sure sins like bitterness or resentment or lust or anger are cut off and put to death. You must give those sins up. You must give up your envy. You must give up your greed. You must give up your pride and your self-centeredness.
Lent is an annual reminder that Christians are called to lives of repentance, lives that are fully committed to returning home to our Fatherís house. And there, we find forgiveness and grace far beyond our wildest dreams. We find a table that is spread, and a seat reserved for us. Because Heís been expecting you, Heís been waiting for you to come home. This table is the table of your Fatherís joy.
What has been keeping you from that joy? What has kept you far from home? Would you lay it down now? Would you give that to the Lord now? And then come, enter the joy of the Lord. Lent means itís getting lighter, and itís getting lighter because your Fatherís house is full of light.