Though God’s Word says that Jesus “was temped in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15), Jesus’ face off with the devil in the wilderness while on a 40-day fast was…well…extreme. We walk with Jesus because He has overcome the tempter’s power and secured the victory for us as God’s people. A Steward’s Reflection: What am I tempted most to gain or hold onto? Where do I find my security in this world? How does walking with Jesus change our perspective and make us secure?
This prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship strikes a resonant chord with those who walk with Jesus: Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Walking with Jesus makes all of life an adventure, and the best part of it is that we get to walk with the One who is the Son of God.
Stewardship Emphasis: As a part of our Lenten journey, we also consider in very practical ways how God has set us apart and called us to manage all of life for the sake of the Kingdom. It causes us to reflect: What am I experiencing as I walk with Jesus? And how is He leading me for the sake of the Kingdom of God?