Why Does Lent Matter to YOU?
March 5, 2019
Why does Lent matter to YOU? That should be the question we wrestle with as we approach this Lenten season in 2019. When I asked myself that question the answer I discovered came in the form of a quote from Pinterest. “The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.” Lent for me is finding SILENCE in this very loud and noisy 21st Century World. SILENCE that acts as a sanctuary, a sacred space if you will. A space where I intentionally give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for ME. A space where after giving that thanks I begin the process of LISTENING to my soul. I listen to its joys, sorrows, sufferings, fears, uncertainties, loves, likes, dislikes, and so much more! This daily devotion to SILENCE and LISTENING helps me examine these things in my soul. To name them, claim them, and then turn them over to God so that my soul can be rejuvenated and restored. Now it’s your turn. Why does Lent matter to YOU?
Here are 5 key reasons why Lent matters from fellow blogger, author, and speaker Daniel Ryan Day to help you answer the question. Check out more information from Daniel.
- “It breaks us out of the normal rhythm of our day, and reminds us of what Christ did for us on the cross.” How often do you think about the sacrifice of Christ throughout your normal day? 2 times? 3 times? If I’m honest, I don’t think about the death and resurrection of Jesus that much. Lent has a waking up effect. It breaks us out of the normal rhythm of our day, and reminds us of what Christ did for us on the cross. I don’t know about you, but with all of the distractions in my life I could use a little help thinking about Christ.
- “It creates gratitude. We live in a culture of with.” We not only have everything we need, we have way more than we could ever use. We live in a culture of excess, and it affects our view of life. Going without in a culture of with is powerful. It reminds us that God has blessed us, and continues to provide for our needs. It makes us thankful.
- “It helps us prepare for Easter.” I used to think of Lent as a time of anticipation, but my Pastor corrected me. Lent is much more than that. It’s a time for us to focus more attention on what it means that Christ came, that He died, and that He rose again. Have you spent some time meditating about what it means that Jesus died for your sins?
- “It reminds us of the state of the world.” We live in a world of pain and suffering. A world that has fallen so far from the beauty, peace, and rest of Eden. Sometimes, in our Western Culture, we get so comfortable that we forget this world is broken. Lent helps to line up our lives with the reality that until Christ comes back, all of us are affected by pain, death, and suffering.
- “It unifies us with the Body of Christ.” Western Culture is a culture that elevates the individual. Even in the western church we promote a personal walk with the Lord. Sometimes we take this so far, that we forget that Christianity has always been marked by community – community with God, community with each other, within the world. We are not meant to live lonely lives, we are meant to live lives in community. Lent connects us with believers all over the world.
Why does Lent matter to YOU? May your discernment of this question and answer to this question lead you into life-giving encounters with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this Lenten Season. God’s peace be with you, always.