There are so many people that have never heard of the sacrifice of Jesus. They do not understand what He went through for all of us. Even Christians miss the point of sacrifice sometimes.
I started observing Lent a few years ago. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday each year. This is a time of Lent is 40 days which is meant as a reminder of Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness. Different denominations celebrate Lent differently. I spent time researching Lent and determined what was best for my walk.
I observe Lent by abstaining from meat consumption starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing every Friday, ending on Good Friday. Although small, the observance gives a glimpse into what Jesus went through. One day a week makes a difference. On that day, I spend time really thinking about Jesus. Every time I make a choice to eat something different, Jesus is on my mind.
When I started observing Lent, I never imagined that it would make such a difference. That year was very eye-opening. It showed me how much we have in this country. I felt weak to have such trouble sacrificing one day a week. It was humbling.
Now, I look forward every year to an opportunity to sacrifice for Jesus. A time spent in prayer, thanking Him for His sacrifice. I see Easter differently now. It has new meaning.
Observing Lent is not for everyone. There is nothing in the Bible that makes this observance mandatory. Observances work best when they are a personal decision.
If you want to see real change in your relationship with God, try sacrificing for Him. Get a glimpse of what He went through for you. It does not have to be Lent; it can be anything.
Try it for a week and see the difference it makes in your life.