To be a DISCIPLE of Jesus is more than simply following Jesus, or even giving allegiance to Jesus. There were many followers of Jesus when He was on earth. Unfortunately, not all of the followers continued on the journey once Jesus was crucified. To be a disciple of Jesus requires learning how to become like Jesus. It is a lifelong process that happens while we abide in Christ. It’s an ongoing process where we are transformed from death to life, from barrenness to fruitfulness. Lent is a great time for us to consider how we might not only follow in the footsteps of Jesus, but to allow ourselves to imitate Him who came to be a servant of all. Lent is a time for us to be more intentional in our pursuit of God as we invite the Holy Spirit to speak into those places in our lives that are keeping us from becoming like Christ. It’s a time when we can be more conscious about what the Holy Spirit needs to keep cutting away from us that is preventing us from loving God and loving others.