Thoughts on the Lenten Season
Lent is the 40 day period (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter that focuses on repentance of sin and consecration of oneself to God. It begins on Ash Wednesday (February 18, 2015) and ends Easter Sunday (April 5, 2015). Lent was established in the 4th century as six weeks of self-discipline preparing for the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Over the years, a misunderstanding or misapplication of Lent has caused many to shift their focus away from JESUS to what YOU must give up (Mardi Gras) or do without (fasting from a particular food or habit). Giving something up for Lent was never intended to be a reason for boasting or an attempt to earn more favor with God.
If you take something out of your life without putting something in, then you just leave a hole. People celebrating Lent should not just stop something, but replace it with something that will add to their personal spiritual growth and renewal.
Imagine the fruit of a disciplined focus on Who God is and the love that He has for you! Hallelujah!
Tue, February 17, 2015