I want to start off by pointing out that not all Christians observe Lent. I’m nondenominational so it’s not part of the church we attend. I use the forty days to grow closer to Jesus. You can do it any time of the year, but I think it’s a great time just before we celebrate His sacrifice for us.
So, what is Lent? Wikipedia defines it as, “Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020) and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Thursday (April 9th), the memorial of the Lord’s supper the Thursday of Holy Week before Easter Sunday.”
I don’t think that it must be a solemn time because the cross isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning! You see, Christ may have died on the cross, but three days later He rose. So while we should remember His sacrifice to bring us back to God, we should live like He is risen.
This year I want to challenge you to pray, fast, and give because you have a relationship with Jesus. Remember that the cross was necessary, but if it was the end then we wouldn’t have any hope at all. We would be bound by the old laws that Jesus came to fulfill.
I realize that part of Lent is confessing and repenting of your sins, but we should be doing that continually. Not just the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday. If we have unrepentant sin God can’t hear us. Why would we carry it around?
This year I am giving up Facebook and using the time I would have spent there with God praying and reading His Word. This blog will still upload automatically and I will fix issues as they arise, but I won’t be checking my newsfeed or commenting, if that makes sense. I don’t really use other social media besides Pinterest and I use it to get ideas for our new house.
If you enoyed this post please let me know in comments. God bless you and may He draw you into a closer relationship with Him.