Home >> Blogs >> Christians Follow Everyday...

this user is offline now  StevenPaul1953
Send message


  Religion & Philosophy
  News & Politics

May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012

Who Gives Kudos:
MaryRose (1)


   [22 Feb 2012 | Wednesday]

Christians Follow Everyday...


"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

~Luke 9:23~


I have always been curious about the practice of "Ash Wednesday," or "Lent." It is a time when believers, mostly denominational adherents, observe a period of 40 days fasting and prayer. This is in commemoration of the 40 days which Jesus fasted before his temptation by Satan.

The ceremony is marked by the "sacrificing" of something in a person's life, for the 40 day period, ending on Easter. This sacrifice can be something like quitting smoking, loosing weight, or even "cleaning up language," (i.e. cursing).

Some may also chose another kind of activity like not watching TV, or texting, etc. The person's forehead is marked by a church minister with ashes in the shape of the cross to show they are a participant, hence the name "Ash Wednesday." 

I see nothing really wrong with this ritual. In fact, (Matthew 6: 16-18) speaks of fasting, although it also mentions that one "wash himelf" so as not to be obvious that you are fasting. This would be in direct contrast to the marking of ash on the person's forehead...

One of the main ideas of this observance is aimed at self-improvement; to make one's self a better person in some way. While this is admirable, it would seem to me that this should be the goal of every believer, every day! Again, not to take exception with those who practice "Lent," but the focus on walking closer to Christ must be our central purpose. It's not just a "40 day" practice.

In the words of scripture above, the Apostle Luke places emphasis on self-denial, complete dedication, and willing obedience. In other words, we are to adopt a mindset of "dying to ourselves, in order to live for Christ." Consider the words of (Mark 8: 34-35) which says:

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it."

Jesus stresses this idea in many scriptures. It may be said that this idea is one of our Lord's most frequently mentioned commands to his followers... 

In closing, I would commend any effort to bring ourselves closer to God's will. But instead of doing so for a period of time, expand on the objective and strive to serve Him to the best of our abilities each and every day!







12:46 PM - 1 Comments - 1 Kudos - Add comment 

MaryRose | Thu Feb 23, 2012, 13:02


Excellent post and right on regarding our striving to serve Him EVERYDAY!  We can only hope that the observance of Lent, practiced by Christians of many denominations, will encourage a few to continue their walk,

in the Spirit, after the 40 days have past.  If 3 million people observe Lent (just an abstract figure,) and 3 of the 3 million continue their walk for the remainder of their lives, God is glorified!

Copyright © 2009 - 2012 True2ourselves. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.