Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s a day that the entire Christian world will consider the depth of our sin. Sin that needs a Savior. It’s a day to prepare ourselves for the weeks of Lent leading up to the celebration of Easter Sunday. These are some of the most cherished days in the life of a believer. It’s a seasonal opportunity to remember more fully the work of Christ in our lives.
This Ash Wednesday is particularly special to me. This Ash Wednesday perfectly intersects with the anniversary of my own salvation. On March 6th, 1988 – I was an 11-year-old 6th grader on the south-side of Florence. I became fully aware on that Sunday morning of my deep need for Jesus. I recognized my sin and knew that Jesus was my only hope for salvation. It was on that Sunday morning at Greenwood Baptist Church that I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sin and be Lord of my life.
So, on this Ash Wednesday, 31 years later – I’m still in awe that the God of the universe would look down on me in my sin and shame, pick me up, wash me clean and call me His child. He will do the same for you. Take this Ash Wednesday to consider the weight of your sin. Stop walking around with it and turn your life over to Jesus. Today may be Ash Wednesday, but Easter Sunday is coming! We know the end of the story. Jesus won! Live today in the grace and freedom of Jesus Christ and help share that hope with those around you on this Ash Wednesday.