Updated: Feb 27, 2020
Lenten Season 2020
Matthew 11:16-19, 26-30
To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, 17 ‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t mourn.’ 8 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 I, on the other hand, feast and drink, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! 27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
I read this passage from Matthew’s gospel a while back in prep for this year’s Lenten season. The words just jumped off the page and into my spirit and immediately my mind was tagged with the phrase “Woke, Yoked and Broke.” Ok, how does this connect with the essential themes for Lent? Reflection, repentance, preparation and don’t forget some form of fasting or abstaining from stuff you like – right? But the phrase didn’t leave me, and I am sure it wasn’t just because I thought it was memorable messaging. As I prayed through the words “woke, yoked and broke” the Holy Spirit revealed the connections that I kind of suspected were there all along. Here is the “reveal” that turned on the lights for me with this whole thing.
No more excuses – it’s time to be spiritually WOKE. WOKE as in enlightened and aware. WOKE as in watching and praying. WOKE as in no more being too clueless, too careless, too cautious, and too irrelevant to respond to the darkness and death of our day. Time to be awake, aware, wise and willing enough to engage in what God is doing in real-time. I’m guessing it will take more than one-hour to get WOKE.
YOKED. This one comes with a price tag, but it’s got to come. Time to be attached and accountable – not just to a friend who tells us in those spiritually correct tones the things we already know about ourselves. That’s ok – but, this is not that. This YOKED is actually more like the gut-wrenching conviction of being attached and accountable to the God of our calling. This time is not about how much He loves us – it’s about how much we love Him. This YOKED is more like finding the strength and commitment to get under the weight and embrace the grind where what is happening is happening in the real. YOKED to the good of it and the bad it – always harder before it gets any easier. YOKED is His way.
And then there is… BROKE. To start, we have to know going in that no one have the WOKE and YOKED mentality with Christ, and not be BROKE. Without BROKE there is no engine to power this whole thing. Without BROKE there is no way to call-out, clear-out and clean-out the “fake news” of who we are and what we do with what we have been given. I know this sounds good but looks bad, but without BROKE there is no Hope. BROKE is good - we need BROKE.
So, there it is. Lenten season 2020. You might be asking, Hey Steve, I hear you on this, but you better “check yourself” first. Yeah, true-that. But that’s how this started – me checking myself in front of God and then Him saying… Really Steve? And when I finally said yes, it felt like I was run over by a Tesla – because I never heard it coming. I survived – but just enough to be WOKE, YOKED and BROKE.
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