Lent is here… Or at least thats what Facebook told me.

Lent is an old church tradition of Fasting from something in the 40 days leading up to Easter. Eating, drinking, media consumption, social media, etc.

I don’t participate, and have a certain dislike for the practice. But if one is to observe the custom, surely they ought to do so in the light of Matthew 6:16-18 where Jesus has a clear teaching on fasting.

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

So whether this is the season of Lent in your life or just another day, may we all deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Jesus.

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