Between Me And God
February 14, 2024
“that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:18 (ESV)
Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a season of sacrifice, reflection, and fasting. Many Christians and non-Christians will give up things for Lent as a sign of sacrifice unto The Lord. Many will proclaim that which they are fasting from this season to anyone who will listen to them, so all around them will know that they have given up certain things for Lent. The Scripture reminds us that when we fast we should not appear as if we are fasting, but fast in secret, for our Father who sees in secret will reward us openly. I encourage you today as you celebrate this Lenten season that whatever you do or do not do in this season, keep it between you and The Lord. Your fasting is not so everyone can see how much of a righteous Christian you are, but it is between you and God. God knows what you are sacrificing, and He knows why you are doing it, and if you are looking for glory from people then proclaim your sacrifice to them, but if you are looking for rich blessings from God, then proclaim your sacrifice to Him. In this season of Lent let this be a time of self-reflection, and more time with God as you prepare for the great blessings He has for your life. God gave us the ultimate gift in His Son Jesus, and Jesus would eventually pay the ultimate price for us and would rise again for us. The day is coming when we will soon celebrate His resurrection, but until then let us reflect and prepare ourselves for that great day. I thank God for a time of reflection, and whatever sacrifice I make or do not make is between my Father and I, and as a result of my time with Him, He will bless me openly, this is why I am so sure, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Lord please accept my time of fasting and praying. Let this season of Lent be a journey of drawing closer to you. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
Be Inspired, Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY