“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?”
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