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Summary: Follow the Leader is an old familiar child's game from which we can learn some spiritual truths. Who are you really following?

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures read prior the the Sermon. Today's assigned Scriptures are: Genesis 9:8-17 ; Psalm 25:1-9 ; 1 Peter 3:18-22 ; Mark 1:9-15

Follow the Leader ....is an old familiar...... children's game.

I am sure.... we can.... all recall memories.... of following each other..... in a line ......around a room or a playground, ....jumping over this, ....skipping around that, ....and watching intently ....to be sure we followed the leader ....precisely.

We might have played this game ....just for fun,..... or .......someone might have used the game... to teach us... the role .....of a good follower.

In these days of Lent, .....I invite us all....to think about our role ....as followers.

In recent months ....we have moved .....from the anticipation .....of the birth of the Christ child .....to the knowledge..... of Jesus ministry.

And in these weeks of Lent, .....through the Scriptures....we.....will watch and follow our Lord.... as he walks to Jerusalem ..... on to Golgotha.... and then .....to the Cross.

What does it mean..... for us ....to follow..... Jesus?

During Lent, .....we are called ..... to face our .....true nature.

Our own ....true, ....yearning,.. needy nature .... as it is laid bare ...for us .....to examine.

It is not a time.... for self-loathing ....or wallowing ....in self pity.

It is a time ... of being honest, ....a time ....to look at ......our whole self.

A time for us to examine ourselves.. and see .....where there is room for God's grace .....where we may need to yield..... to His Lordship.

This self reflection ....is not easy.... but it is necessary.

It is necessary..... so that we may be continue to conformed..... into the image of Christ...That we may move forward.... in the Faith.

This reflection should be an ongoing process... but is emphasized by the Church ....during these 40 days.

Where Jesus leads ....we are called....to follow.

We are to follow.....not sit back .... and mindlessly flip through channels .....of a stagnant ......spiritual life.

We are called into relationship ... relationship with the one we call.... our Lord.

And relationship .....requires... participation ....by all.

So Beloved.... we follow Jesus...our Leader.... into these days of Lent.

To examine once again ourselves, ..... to look into life's mirror , ......to be honest with God, ..... to seek the things that distract us..... from God's......kingdom work.

Or, ....to say it another way, ....we are to examine those things that keep us ......from being transformed ...... into Christ's image.

Are we feeling so safe ....in ourselves, ....in our pews, ....our houses, ..... our relationships ....that we no longer work .....to maintain spiritual health.... and wholeness?

What are you tempted .........to believe or deny, .....to do or to neglect ...... as you journey ....into self-reflection?

Jesus, .....the One we are called to follow, ..... knows about temptation.

God's very Spirit, ..... in Mark's telling ....has descended upon Jesus ....identified Him ....as the beloved Son.


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Toby Austin

commented on Feb 19, 2016

Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to share. Your messages are helpful and appreciated. Peace and blessings

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Feb 21, 2016

Thank-you for your kind words and taking time to share your thoughts. Blessings Always Jeff

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