Thoughts on Ash Wednesday

I went onto my Twitter page. Tons of things trending concerning Ashe Wednesday. Lots of “selfies” of others participating in Ash Wednesday. Even without the “selfies”, there are lots of updates and comments that are meant to be left between you and God. I guess, it just “surprised” me how many posted what they were doing. If it is an act for God alone, why post it? If it is for God alone, why act in such a way? The whole ideal behind Lent is self-denial, to seek God all the more in our daily lives.

If participating in something like Lent and you feel the compelling need to share what you are giving up or doing, you should probably check the motives of your spirit – to discern why you are participating.

One question and concern to ask is, “Are we making a show of it?” If we are, our motives may not be right. I am not anti-Lent or anything, but the motives of our spirit must be the deciding factor in participating in something like Ash Wednesday or Lent in general.It is about what we can spiritually gain by what we “lose”. Here are some tips:

  • Give up the need to post it on social media.
  • Keep it between you and God.
  • What are your motives? Check them. Talk it over with God.

“If a Christian decides to observe Ash Wednesday and/or Lent, it is important to have a biblical perspective. Jesus warned us against making a show of our fasting: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:16-18). We must not allow spiritual discipline to become spiritual pride.” – Got Questions

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