A guy at my school said this … and it’s things like this that make me really see how professing Christians can actually learn from those who are unsure about their faith.
Let me start off with the fact that I don’t practice Lent. I do fast when I feel called to fast or when I have this intense urge to hear from God, but I do not do it out of the tradition of Lent. However, whether a self-proclaimed Christian observes Lent or not, a follower of Christ is called to a life of worship. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, worship is not just the music we hear at church; worship is a way of living - living in a way that pleases God.
In the Bible, worship is a form of sacrifice. Romans 12:1 tells us, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
So, if we are fasting just to be proud of ourselves and boast, “Oh! I’m giving up a whole 40 days of Facebook!” Then, jeez Mister Moses, I think our mindset is somewhat warped. (Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of having this boastful mindset.) But if we, as my friend’s quote implies, can understand and find the purpose to why we are giving up these things [to have a clearer connection with Christ] - then it becomes a true sacrifice.
Even King David wouldn’t take free oxen because he knew the meaning of true sacrifice and worship. “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)
Anyways, I’m really glad I came across what this guy said. It meant a lot to me and woke me up. I’ll try to remember that a life of worship can be hard, but it’s all worth it if I am gonna spend an eternity with the One who receives all my offerings. Hopefully, this can be a lesson for other Christians as well.