my heart is so fickle.
everyday is a new chance at balancing its affections. pulling back, opening up, growing in grace. finding its home in the One who never changes.
today marks the beginning of lent. my heart needs lent. i need to see and savor the One who gives me grace upon grace. i find so often i tend to consume myself with grace but what is grace without the torment and agony from calvary. how can i rightly forsake, ever so unintentionally, the blood stained hands.
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Hebrews 12:2-3
and the advent reading begins, to point me to the one who gave, who endured, who was despised. i'm praying my heart will see and savor…will turn from the things of the world that so easily play for my affections, and that we will together, consider him.
CONSIDER the blood stained hands
CONSIDER the suffering of Christ
CONSIDER the beating of branches and the cutting of thorns
because as hebrews says, he endured, SO THAT we will not grow weary or fainthearted.
SO THAT we can beckon the throne of grace and find mercy
SO THAT we could stand before the throne and not be cast down
SO THAT we would be forgiven. stains removed
incredible mercy. incredible sorrow. incredible suffering.
so that we could experience incredible joy.
in these days ahead, will you join me in walking through lent with hearts so desiring to remember, to contemplate, to consider him who bore the sin of the whole world.
*our favorite lent devotional can be found here*