Lent (A Series): Sacrifice

The Sacrifice - Mats Eriksson

“What are you giving up for Lent?”

As respresented by this question, the Lenten Season is known more for sacrifice than anything else. In theory, at least, we sacrifice in honor of God’s sacrifice of His Son in atonement of our sins.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

Perhaps the most common answer to this question is: “Chocolate!”

In the early days of the Lenten tradition, the sacrifice took the form of fasting.Just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, Christians did the same. Only one meal a day was allowed and that contained no meat, fish or poultry. Over time, the guidelines for the fast have been relaxed. However, many do follow what is known as The Daniel Fast.

When we sacrifice, we should be giving something meaningful to the glory of God.

Far too often this is not what is happening. In reality, many “give something up for Lent, ” not to glorify God, but to feel good about themselves. It’s not “God serving” but “self-serving.”

So, I ask: “What are you giving up for Lent? Why?”

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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4 Responses to Lent (A Series): Sacrifice

  1. Julie Garro says:

    I thought long and hard about what I would give up for Lent. Giving up food, (or chocolate or dessert) would have turned it into a diet. No, I needed something that I could replace the time I spent on one thing and replace it with time spent worshiping. As it turns out, I’m not giving up anything of value, but what I am gaining is priceless.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:

    What have you given up for Jesus? Or what are you giving up for Jesus who gave up heaven’s glory once, for you?
    Today we have another instalment of aliveintheword’s series on Lent.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Most people when they fast a meal, spend their time praying or communing with the Lord or be involved in an activity that will cause them to pause and think about the Lord so that their relationship with the Lord is enhanced.
    I have known some people who have given up their time before the TV and spend that time to study the Word, pray and get closer to the Lord.
    The result of the sacrifice we make should directionally lead us to become followers of Christ. If that time draws us from Him then we should be reviewing our motivations.

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