February 12, 2018
The Lenten Season begins this week. Some people say that they are giving up something during Lent. Perhaps it’s television that some will give up? Perhaps it’s chocolate? Perhaps it’s a favorite CD that some will not listen to during the Lenten Season?
Is Lent a time of self-denial for you? Jesus really isn’t concerned with chocolate, television or CDs. Jesus is concerned about what is going on in our hearts. The Lenten Season is a good time to do away with those things that are spiritually unhealthy. Perhaps it’s a little pride, or self-centeredness, hypocrisy or laziness?
To me, Lent is really an attitude. It’s an attitude of honesty and humility as we confess our sins to God.
But Lent is also an attitude of relief and joy, knowing that our sins have been forgiven, that our Lord has washed away all of our sin because of what Jesus did on the cross.
If you temporarily give up certain things during Lent as a sign of love for your Savior, that’s fine. But what Jesus is really concerned about is what is going on in your heart? Have you allowed Him to cleanse it and make it whole? I trust that you have. We all need to ask God to do that from time to time. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10).