One of the hardest things about Lent is making sacrifices. The sacrifice of our time, routines, desires, and resources that we offer unto the Lord is not an easy task. And yet, it is a needful one. Sacrifice to God calls us to remember whose we are and to whom we have submitted our lives as Christians, namely to God through Christ Jesus. However, walking out such submission can be a bit of a tug of war with our will if we are honest! We allow God to be Lord in certain seasons and areas of our lives only to begin tugging to take back control of our lives at other times.
Lent affords us the opportunity to pause, refocus and return more fully to God. And doing so is essential to our continued growth in the likeness of Christ Jesus. It is through reflecting upon His sacrifice for us that the sacrifices we make are placed in their proper context. I find that walking the Stations of the Cross are vital in assisting us toward that end. Each of the fourteen moments marking the final steps of Jesus’ sacrifice for us gives us pause to reflect upon His suffering which opened the way to salvation unto us all.
His sacrifice for us flowed forth from His abundant love for us. Love that came to us even before we ever responded to it. As we have now responded to His love, it moves us to make sacrifices to keep the course that leads into His presence for all eternity. Walking these moments in the Stations of the Cross remind us of His love in a tangible way, and requires the sacrifice of our time on Saturday mornings to do so.
We would do well to consider that this sacrifice of our time, as short as it may be (a half hour), serves to help us reorder our very lives for the sake of the Gospel. In many ways, the small steps we take in Lent, and during Stations, allow us to begin somewhere, and remind us of God’s love for us and rekindles our love for Him. May we respond from the love we receive and make changes in our lives for the sake of our growth in Christ Jesus as we continue in this season of Lent. Perhaps a first step comes this Saturday morning at 9.00 am as we walk the Stations of the Cross together.