Dr. Leah E. & Dea. Russell E. White
Each year, we celebrate this Passion Season where we come to understand the depths of the love that the Father has for us as demonstrated in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. “For God commended His love towards us that while we were yet sinners Christ died.” Rom. 5:8
For the next forty days preceding Easter, many of us will enter into a period of prayer, fasting, sacrifice and special service as we repent from our sins, renew our faith and revive our witness.
My prayer is that as you enter into this season of Lent that you would be prayerful that God would reveal to you those things which have come between you and your relationship with Christ and the things that you can do to be a better witness for the Kingdom. It is my prayer that at the culmination of these 40 days, each of us would more resemble Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. I pray that we will become more disciplined in our eating, TV viewing, personal practices, finances, conversation, and daily activities.
Prayerfully we will substitute the time, energy and resources that we expend in eating specific foods, engaging in certain activities and habits reflecting on the sacrifice that Christ made for us on Cavalry’s cross over 2,000 years ago. It is critical during this season, that as Christians, we would reflect on the sacrifice and life of Jesus as our faith hinges on the life, death, and resurrection of our Christ. Therefore, our fasting during this time is merely symbolic of our thirst for a closer walk with Him and our desire to hear what the Spirit says. Since we only fast for forty days not counting Sundays (because Sunday is a day of Christian Celebration of the resurrection of Christ), giving up any activity for six days each week is not an enormous sacrifice in comparison to the sacrifice of His life for ours.
Should we yield to temptation and break our fast, we need not be discouraged and give up. Instead, we must remember that we serve a God of another chance. In fact, that’s what Christ did, gave mankind another chance. He died that we might have another chance. So, let me encourage you to take this opportunity to become more disciplined. Say to yourself “THIS IS A NEW SEASON, A SEASON TO BELIEVE THE UNBELIEVABLE AND EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE and it begins with me.
I ask you to consider, “What are you giving up for Christ this season?” He gave so much for you and me. The least we can do is be faithful over this.
I encourage each of you to make this the most valuable 40 days of your life, one where you intentionally use this season to draw nearer to Christ through daily prayer, scripture, reading and fasting. Even the smallest sacrifice done with diligence and consistency will be honored by Him and rewarded accordingly.