Lent: A Season of Sacrifice
Lent is a time of reflection – 40 days of fasting and sacrifice leading us to the cross. Listen to the words of the late Leonard Ravenhill. This lent, my prayer is that everything I do leads me to bear my own cross – to let myself die: my pride, my selfishness, my ambition, my need to be right, my impatience… sacrifice… agony… I need to give up myself this season, not chocolate. I need to get myself out of the way to allow Christ and His grace to fill me, move me, change me, grow me.
“I’m branded! I have the marks of a slave, I’m a bum-slave of Christ… I have no will of my own, I have no rights of my own”
“In America alone right now.. we have hundreds of millions of gospels cassettes… and we’ve millions of gospel books… and hundreds of bible schools… and hundreds of seminars… and about five thousand radio stations who everyday give some part of the Scriptures… and yet with all this stuff to feed on, dear God where are we? With all this stuff to feed on, 95% of us are spiritual cripples, spiritual infants, spiritual babes… children, full of self pity, self interest, self seeking, self concerned, me first…”
“I believe the cardinal ethic of Christianity is sacrifice… not success, sacrifice!”
“The greatest sin in the world isn’t adultery, the greatest sin in the world is ‘I can manage my life without God‘”
“Five minutes inside eternity I believe every one of us will have wished that we’d sacrificed more, prayed more, loved more, sweated more, grieved more, wept more…”
About the Author
Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.
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