As of March 1, 2006, I decided to sacrifice and participate in Lent this year, my sacrifice was giving up all meats except fish, of course in the beginning I started out with my sister-in-law, I was thinking she was going to finish the commitment before me, because she always participated in lent every year. My sister-in-law would give up eating ice from the beginning of lent until Easter Sunday. But to my surprise she gave in by accident to temptation and starting back eating ice, but I on the other hand, I have been prayerfully successful with the cause. I really thought I would have given in sooner to temptation to smelling the cooked meat,that my husband would cook, but I remembered the commitment I had made. It takes prayerful will power when you set your mind to achieve the spiritual goals you set for yourself.
As I reflect on the this month I thought about what if our Lord and Saviour accidentally failed the ultimate test, and decided he did not want to die for the sins of the people? This individual was the one turning water into wine, giving sight to the blind, the lame to walk, and bringing life to the dead. With all the power Jesus had he could have spoken the cross out of existence, but he did not! Jesus did the ultimate he sacrifice his life that I, you, everyone will have the right to the tree of life.
It does not matter what you decide to give up, it the reward at the end of the sacrifice that matters! I did not have to wait until Lent to see if I could truly commit to giving up certain meats. But it brought new meaning to me to think about how our Savior sacrifice his life for all of us. I could just imagine when Jesus went, into Gethsemane to pray, the scriptures stated that "he was sore amazed and to be very heavy". Jesus spoke "And saith unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here and watch" (he was speaking to the disciplines he had taken along with him), but they did not watch, they fell asleep! And it said the Jesus went away, and prayed "Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt". Because of the what he knew he had to do for man, It touch me so, to know that the human emotion that erupted from his spirit. The agony of his knowing the fate that lies before him, would be hard for me to bear! But he did it! Jesus sacrifice his life for our liberty!
What do you need to sacrifice? Is it a Drug addiction,alcohol addiction, Food addiction, hate, or the love of money, just to name a few? I know my sacrifice giving up certain meats, might sound easy to you, but it was not! So think about some of the things that you could sacrifice for Christ!
Mark 14:32 - 36 - 32. "And they came to a place which was named Gethesemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
33. And he taketh with him Peter and James and john, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy.
34. And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
35. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
36. And he said, Abba, Father all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will but what thou wilt.
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