Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith – Hebrews 12:1-2a
This week, we are starting a brand new series called “Giving Up.” This time of year, the forty days before Easter is a period that the church calls Lent. Just a few years after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, some Christians wanted a way to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Easter, so they started this practice of self-denial, focused prayer, and scripture study that became known as Lent. This idea grew and grew to the point that in 325AD a council of church leaders from all over the world got together in a town called Nicaea, and decided that Lent was something that the everyone in the church should participate in.
Today most people observe Lent by giving something up that they really like. They give up things like coffee or sugar, but what is the point of that? What if this year, instead of giving up things that we really like, and will probably pick right back up, we gave up things that keep us from being like Christ, and we gave them up permanently?
It is time to let God be God, and give up control of your life.
- Have you ever thought you were in complete control of a situation and then suddenly realized you were NOT?
- What are some things in your life keeping you from fully following Christ? What would it look like for you to give those up?
- What is one area in your life that you are fighting for control over? What would it look like for you to surrender those to God?