Faith & Life,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

I gave up nothing, He gave up everything.

For Lent, I gave up nothing.

Some years I’ve chosen to give up Facebook or some other vice. In other years I’ve been intentional in adding in more focused time to meditate in God’s Word.

I attempted to add devotional time this year but I failed from the start.

It’s not supposed to be legalistic, so if you fail, it’s ok. Except, it doesn’t feel that way.

I feel guilty.

Why can I easily make time for so much else, but not the One who gave me the blessing of it all?

As we enter into this Holy Week, it’s not about me. It was never about me. I need to stop thinking about what I didn’t give up, and instead think about how Jesus gave up His own life for me.

I gave up nothing for Lent.

Jesus gave up everything (including His power as God), so that he could die for me and for the entire world. Jesus gave up his life, not just for Lent, but for everyone in all time and in all places.

He gave up everything and died, so that we may have life eternal. Thankfully that wasn’t the end. In his exaltation, He rose again in victory. Sin didn’t bring him down, the Devil didn’t bring him down, Death, itself didn’t bring him down.

He lives eternally and so will we because of Him!

My prayer is that I can give up my guilt and praise God for His Grace!

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