Lent: An Act of Worship
- Thursday, February 8, 2018
- By Bonnie Hunt
Pray. Fast. Give.
How are you observing Lent? Are you giving up a certain food/drink? Abstaining from TV or Social Media? Or are you going to take on something that will draw you closer to Jesus? I have in the past given up chips, chocolate, or something like that and when I was younger always wondered, how was not eating chips bringing me closer to Jesus? My youth group leader challenged me to take on something instead or in addition to giving something up during Lent. So that has been my practice; give up something and take on something.
One year with a group of people online I read the whole Bible during Lent, we had Sundays “off” to rest or catch up on our readings. It happened to be just a few weeks after a trip to Israel and Jordan so like a guide told us “reading the Bible now would be like reading a pop-up book where things would become more real because we have seen the country side where the events took place”. By committing to this reading, it automatically made me watch less TV or be on Facebook less.
As we approach Lent, take some time to seek what God would have you do as an act of worship for Him. What are you going to do? Stop buying coffee/tea meals out? Keep a tally of how much you save then find a local charity to donate it to. Want to spend more time exercising? Spend time walking/running and praying for the area your walking through. Give up watching TV and read something that will challenge you or encourage growth. Include a new spiritual discipline in your quiet time.
Whatever you choose to do remember Matthew 6:17-18.
“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”