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 who to whom we have submitted our lives unto as Christians, namely to God through Christ Jesus. However, walking out such submission can be a bit like tug of war if we are honest! We allow God to be Lord in certain seasons 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 as He opened the way to salvation unto us.
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 quite frankly requires the sacrifice of time on a Friday night to do so.
We would do well to consider that this time of sacrifice, as short as it may be (a half hour), to walk these moments of our Lord’s journey to the cross will enable us to walk into other sacrifices that will serve to 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. Perhaps a first step comes tomorrow night at 6:30 pm as we walk the Stations of the Cross once more this week.