(A post inspired by Lent and an empty Pinterest “about” box.)
Today marks the first day of Lent. Until a few years ago, I thought Lent was a Catholic excuse to eat more fish.
What is Lent really? Lent is the period of forty days leading up to Easter, when many members of the Church remember Christ as our suffering Messiah. It is an integral part of the Church Calendar, which has been used for centuries to point Christians to Christ, in all His glory.
Like many things, the Church Calendar has been abused. Some have turned it into an excuse to sin because, well, “we’ll repent at Lent.” Just because some have distorted the meaning, doesn’t negate the beauty it can bring to the Christian walk.
As a fallen sinner, it is so easy for me to want to focus on just one part of God. To worship just His goodness or just His justice. To “worship the babe in the manger, but forsake the Christ of the cross.”
The Church Calendar exalts Christ in His many different manifestations: human Man, suffering Messiah, risen King.
Yes, it is common to “give up something for Lent.” But “giving up something” is not the point. Making sacrifices serves as a potent reminder, but the purpose of Lent is to point us to Christ, who gave up everything for us.
What on earth does this have to do with my “About” box on Pinterest?
I just set up a Pinterest account (send me your usermame, I’d love to follow you!) and sat staring at the empty “about” box.
I am a wife, a mother, a blogger. But what really defines who I am? Two conflicting terms kept floating through my mind: sinner and saint.
I am a sinner
My first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned. I followed their footsteps, choosing forbidden fruit instead of faithfulness. Sin stains my heart. Self-love motivates even my best actions.
Idolatry entwines my heart in its ugly grasp. I turn from my Maker to things of this earth.
Yet, the Creator of this world, whom angels and seraphim and cherubim and all of nature worships, came down and shed His blood to wash me clean. He sacrificed everything, even fellowship with God the Father, to redeem me.
I am a saint, washed in the blood of Christ
Because of His atoning blood, I am washed clean.
I am a saint.
The words sound so lofty. Saint? That brings up images of great heroes of the faith. Of men and women who changed the world.
But Christ’s blood has washed me clean. His sacrifice atoned for me. Now the Father sees me through Christ, a saint.
Whether we observe Lent or not, may we worship the suffering Messiah, who took sinners like us and renamed us saints through His precious blood.
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