Fasting for What?
We are about to begin the time of the year when we pledge to obtain from eating chocolate, drinking coffee, or even refrain from using social media. For many, we don't remember why we fast we just know that this is the time of the year that we do. In just less that a week we begin our Lenten season. With the beginning of this time we recall the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert before his ministry. As a result, we too now find ways to fast.
Often we fast during the time to remind us of all that God provides us, while also preparing for Christ's death and resurrection. This aspect of Lent has also become a cultural norm for many who are loosely associated with the Christian community. It breaks us out of our normal habits to remember that God is not only the Creator, but also the Redeemer and the Sustainer of our lives. We turn our focus away from the ordinary events of our day, and instead focus on God's role in our lives.
As we enter into this season, let us not only focus on what we are giving up, but also on who we are fasting for. And if we don't fast this season, what habits are we adopting that remind us of Jesus's ministry.