Lent isn’t a time to show off our righteousness by giving things up. It also isn’t a time to show off our righteousness by refusing to give something up. Lent is a time to remember what Christ gave up for us. It is a season of journeying to the cross where Christ gives up His life for ours; where He takes on our sins and gives us forgiveness; where He dies so that we might live.
As we journey during this season to the cross we are not giving something up, we are taking something up: our cross. Does this mean that we remember our freedom through the blood of Christ (Hebrews 9.13-14)? Yes. Does it also mean that we have this time to reflect on laying aside every weight and sin that entangles us (Hebrews 12.1)? Yes.
When we keep both of these in mind we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross (Hebrews 12.2). To Him be all glory, honor, and worship now and forever. Amen!
May the Lord continue to open our eyes as we journey with Christ to the cross.