Read Matthew 26:17-19.
Jesus’ disciples prepared for the Passover meal. As we read these verses, let’s look at three simple things they did in preparation: 1. They came to Jesus 2. They asked Jesus and 3. They obeyed Jesus.
This season of Lent, we too are preparing for the day when we remember Jesus as our sinless Passover Lamb. But are we attempting to prepare on our terms or on his? Is our preparation during Lent merely dedicated to outward trappings – or are we waiting on Jesus, listening to him and following in obedience?
This season of preparation, let’s first come to him divested of our own agendas. Let’s wait on him in humility. Let’s listen to his voice. And, most importantly, let’s not be just hearers, but also doers of the Word. The disciples “did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.” How are you and I preparing?
Bringing It Home
What am I “giving up” for Lent? Is it something that God has convicted me about? Is my preparation more external than it is internal? Am I waiting on God and am I prepared to come to him on his terms?
Father God, Sometimes it’s so easy to fall back on routine and ritual when it comes to Lent. We unthinkingly give up one thing or another, assuaging our guilt to quickly don a slightly self-righteous mantle. I pray for a renewed vision this Lent. Help me to come to you in true humility and allow you to prune me as you will. Amen.