Here it is Holy Tuesday and what have we got? Me? Not much. This Lenten season was not so Great or Holy or marked by that much different for me. My fast has been puny and easily neglected.
Having a lackluster Lent is not a bad thing, though, as long as we learn from it. We learn just how weak we are. Let’s face it: cutting down on food is pretty easy, all things considered. If we cannot do that, consider how hard it is to cut out the things that are in most important and dreadful, like judging and lust and coveting and sloth? It is the same with our positive Lenten devotions like increasing prayer and giving. So easy to say, so hard to do. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus said that during His prayer in the Garden.
It is good that we do not earn our salvation with such things, isn’t it? Otherwise we would all be lost. However, we must not underestimate the importance of making the flesh stronger. When our Lord said the above, He wasn’t excusing the flesh, nor was He laughing. If we wish to follow Him, we must deny ourselves. It is the way and path that we follow. Let us remember that such self-denial and firming of the flesh does not change God in His grace our opinion of us–it merits nothing–but it does change us. And we desperately need to be changed.
So, I’m going to continue this week, as best as I can. Take up the fast with renewed vigor. And when Sunday comes, I will rejoice in Christ’s victory over death and sin and satan.
But let’s not wait until next Lent to do those good things Lenten things like prayer and devotion and giving and denying your flesh its favorite sins and vices and so forth. “For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”(2Co 6:2 ESV)