A quick study of the History of Lent leads one to believe that it appears to be instituted and mostly observed by those in the Catholic faith. Now, that’s not to say that born-again evangelicals can’t or don’t observe it but typically it is a liturgy reserved for more traditionally observant groups.
A couple of years ago I went on a fast for lent which was interesting. I also fasted from Facebook last year. Did I reap the benefits that I was hoping for? Not too sure. What I’m realizing now is that although the premise behind Lent~ to focus on the sacrifice Christ made and the road to the Cross~ is noble and righteous “looking” it is mostly for selfish gain. Meaning, that the super-spiritual people who fast or deprive themselves during this season do so in an effort to gain some “brownie points” in the Church or in the Kingdom. I’m not saying it’s wrong…but it sounds a lot like legalism to me.
I actually like the ideas around lent. I like the daily study into God’s word, the intense process of preparing for Easter. But as a Christian, should I not be living that in my daily walk anyways? Should I not be remembering the Cross, the Sacrifice, the Blood, the Resurrection all the days of my life? Isn’t that what LIVING out my Faith really is? It should be. And sadly, it is not. I lack the discipline and the commitment that is required. I am simply not diligent. But I want to be. I so want to be. I want my walk with Christ to be real, obvious and practical.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath~ much to the disdain of the Pharisees….the legalists. They had rules for how a Godly person should act and Jesus was bending, breaking and bull-dozing through every rule.
I am by nature, a non-rule breaker. I find it hard to fathom how it is fun to break rules. And yet, when it comes to the commands of Christ(notice I did not say “rules”) I fail miserably. Why do I find it so easy to not follow the simplest of commands? He made it so easy. I mean really, the Pharisees made it hard to do good. They made it hard to follow the “right” path, but not Jesus. His way is simple~ Love your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. That’s it. Just love.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, my passion, my goal, my prayer is to live out the Love of Christ. This is not a Lenten goal~ this is my life’s goal. Do away with the rules and the legalism and get to the heart of it all.
I’m feeling lost in my life right now. Things aren’t really going as I had planned. I feel disconnected, not productive.
I’m praying for the Lord to have His way with me. Not my will but His be done.
My new favourite song is my prayer.