Newsletter: March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm Categories: E-newsletter

March 8, 2019

The Message is Hope

First Alliance Church


The Do’s and Don’t’s of Lent

Most likely you encountered something this past week about the start of Lent. Whether you heard about Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, or what to give up, Lent comes into the church calendar and into our culture in many different ways. You might have even participated in some of them – or still are!

I always see Lent as the Advent for Easter – that period of time before the big day when we prepare ourselves to take it all in, to be ready to learn and experience what God intends for us to learn and experience in this most important day of celebration.

Much of what you’ll see and hear about Lent has to do with giving something up. We’re anticipating when Jesus ultimately gave up his very life for us, and as preparation and reflection on that during Lent, it’s customary to choose something in our lives that we can and should be able to do without. “After all, Jesus gave it all – the least I can do is give up ________ (you fill in the blank).”

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that approach. I do however feel that it’s only half of the picture. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. These verses are one big connected thought in Greek. And notice it tells us to throw off sin (give it up, leave it behind, “don’t!”), then push ahead (“do!”) in running the race with perseverance. It then shows us Jesus as an example of this. He didn’t just “don’t”; he “did” by enduring the cross. 

As I work with kids, I have to be careful to not put too many “don’t’s” on them. Life can quickly get annoying if all you hear is “don’t!” Maybe we should, just as much as “don’t”, look at Lent as a time to “do”. What could God be calling you to run towards, as much as He’s calling you to leave things behind? A relationship that needs repaired? A character trait or godly habit to add to your life? A spiritual discipline you’ve been ignoring or putting off doing? “In following Jesus’ example, the least I could do is to _________ (you fill in the blank).”

Tim Davis

Pastor to Children & Families

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