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Lenten Devotional: Mar 25

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Today’s Texts: Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

Mark 10:17-31

At the Mien leaders meeting held on Ash Wednesday, I was shocked to discover that nobody was familiar with Lent. As we talked about these ancient rhythms of the Church, I was intrigued by the difficultly people had with the concept of temporarily giving up something to bring greater dimensionality to Jesus’ journey to the Cross. On one hand I understand the lack of familiarity with Lent because of a more recent immigration as well as Christian history for their people. But on the other hand, I suspect that their struggle is identical to all of our struggles to practice this discipline of sacrifice. We are like the young rich man that has an encounter with Christ himself. Though this man successfully checks off the Christian lifestyle boxes of being an all around nice guy, he is unable to affirmatively respond to the Lord’s invitation for complete surrender.  Jesus says that in order to be in an eternal relationship with him we must be willing to give up everything. Most of our families have immigrated to the States for greater opportunities including my Mien colleagues. With this kind of family set up, we begin lives of amassing goods and services toward the American Dream. We’re entitled to it – with all of the negative race history against Asian Americans it’s time to get ours. But on this road we lose our sight and our souls. We forget that even the road from the Cross still includes sacrifice and surrender. What is God asking you to lay down today so you can more clearly follow him?

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Greg Yee

Greg Yee serves as the associate superintendent in the Pacific Southwest region for the Evangelical Covenant Church and as pastor at Mien Covenant Church’s New Generation ministry. He lives in Elk Grove, CA with his wife Mary and 3 children.

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