If you didn't read today's "Daily Recharge," there was a line toward the end that paused me. After mentioning that our journey through John this Lent is to help us grow closer to Jesus, it then said, "We may be tempted to retreat and keep a little distant. After all, that would require less of us..." It is so easy to gravitate toward the easy, since many of us have enough going on already. We don't need another demand, requirement or thing to do. But the season of Lent is a time to remember the truth that we have to give of ourselves in some way to find more than we have already.
What could that look like for you? How about a new pattern for prayer and devotions during Lent? Spend more devoted time praying for people, for our church, for the ways God can use us. How about being in a Lenten group? If you are not already signed up for one, Susan and I will be leading a group for anyone who wants to join us in the Fellowship Hall at noon on Sundays. We will have lunch then discuss the sermon that morning. We would love for you to join us. You never know what there is to be discovered until you give it a try.
The first would be followers came to Jesus asking where he was staying. He said, "Come and see." In other words, "If you want to learn more about me and whether or not I am the real deal, you will have to come and see for yourselves."
Thomas Long tells about a church that got into a debate over assisting a local family health clinic. The clinic served a number of families of migrant workers. Because many were undocumented some members felt they would be contributing to illegal activity. The lead spokesperson for this group met the pastor one day for lunch. On the way back to the church they passed the clinic. The pastor asked if they might stop by to see it. The man had no objections.
They sat in the waiting room as the pastor explained the services they provide. The nurse came out and called the name of one little boy who started rubbing his arm in anticipation of his inoculation. You could see the uncertainty in his eyes. When he returned, he was rubbing his arm even more about to break out in tears. He looked for his mother but she had taken his younger sibling to see the doctor. He searched for a sympathetic face and walked over to this man, got into his lap and rested his head on the man's chest. A bit uncomfortable at first, the man eventually wrapped his arms around the boy until his mother returned. He was surprised by the compassion he felt, but nothing like the surprise of the church board when he stood up at the next meeting to ask them to support the clinic.
Some discoveries are never made until we "come and see" and often we are the most surprised by what we find.