Today is Ash Wednesday and we begin the Lenten Season.
One of the spiritual disciplines many Christians engage in during this season is fasting.
- Some fast from meats, chocolates, sweets, coffee, etc.
- Others add exercise, Bible reading, a spiritual discipline, a virtue.
After Ash Wednesday service, one of the things my wife and kids will want to know is what I am giving up for lent.
If you have been thinking about what to fast…don’t. In fact. Don’t fast.
Instead do whatever will help you to reflect on Jesus more during this season of Lent. You could be fasting from all kinds of stuff and miss the whole thing – Jesus. It’s all about Jesus. It’s not about fasting from, or adding to…it’s about doing whatever will help you reflect, think, remember Jesus more.
The point of Lent is not fasting, but Jesus.
So if fasting from chocolates will help you think of Jesus more, by all means, fast from chocolates. If exercise, being kind, fasting, etc. helps you reflect more on Jesus, please do that.
But if you’re going to fast from chocolate, meat, or coffee for the sake of fasting…what’s the point?
Whatever you do during the season of Lent, my prayer is that you are drawn more intimately to the beauty and majesty and the incredible sacrificial love of Jesus.