Lent Calls Us To Put Indifference To Death

Unfortunately some Christians live as though the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened. Our lives become absorbed in the day-to-day experiences of life.  We focus on name-brand clothing, the color of our houses, the size of our bank account, the year and make of our automobile, the prestige in which others hold us, and the symbols of our own power.  We too easily forget our Maker and Redeemer, replacing God with things and ambition.

Lent is the season that does something about this situation.

It calls us back to God, back to basics, back to the spiritual realities of life.  It calls us to put to death the sin and indifference we have in our hearts toward God and our fellow persons. And it beckons us to enter once again into the joy of the Lord–the joy of new life born out of a death to the old life.  This is what Ash Wednesday is all about–the fundamental change of life required of those who would die with Jesus and be raised to a new life in him.

~ Robert Webber in Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year, pp. 99-100.

2 thoughts on “Lent Calls Us To Put Indifference To Death

  1. Thanks for the reminder to daily repent of indifference and to pursue with passion to be like Christ in all my interactions with all others, to be truly cruciform in my love for even those I find it hard to like.

    I like the last sentence especially: ” . . . the fundamental change of life required of those who would die with Jesus and be raised to a new life in him.”

    AMEN!!

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