As we continue our annual journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the Holy Bible. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please submit your personal meditation by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter Sunday.
Scripture reading: John 1:35-42: Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Jesus’ public ministry starts with two actions. The first action is by John the Baptist to be a witness and testify to ‘the Word in flesh’ which is Jesus Christ. John was sent by God to ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’ and the beginning of Christ’s ministry is marked when John directs his own disciples to the truth of Jesus as the Lamb of God. It was not enough for him to tell others, he showed them.
The second action was that of John’s disciples to follow Christ. They did more than acknowledge Christ; they made a decision to engage Christ, become His disciples, and immediately tell others.
Each day we have the same decision to make and each day I struggle to follow Christ with my whole heart. I struggle to start my day in prayer and in the Bible instead of in email. I struggle to center my thoughts on serving Christ instead of serving the world and my selfish desires. I struggle to end my day in thanksgiving to God for the blessings of today instead of anxiety about the days ahead. Fortunately for me, I am forgiven through God’s grace, and no matter how many times I fail, it is never too late to make the decision to follow Christ today.
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