This is a time to ask the tough questions. Am I a good Christian? Do I really love God or am I just going through the motions? Am I seeking his will or mine in my daily walk? We don't do this to condemn ourselves, but to repent and renew our commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We remember how he gave everything to save us and allow our gratitude to swell into praises to our God and King. Then on Easter morning, with a renewed heart, mind and attitude, we celebrate history's greatest act of love and victory with the joy of undeserved grace.
But that is just the beginning because the day after Easter, we don't just "go back to normal" and forget about it again until next year. If I do all this and don't grow in my love for God, in my faith and discipleship—if I don't change during this time of Lent—then I am doing something very wrong! On the Monday after Easter, I should be more in love with the Lord, more anxious to get about his work and ministry, in spreading the Good News of the Gospel to the world as Jesus commanded just before he returned to the Father.
Lent is not a time to get through. It's a time to jump start my discipleship. It's hard work that lays the foundation for the future. Why do I do it? I have a God who created me and loves me to the point of dying for me and who is so powerful he rose from the dead to be in eternal relationship with me. Why wouldn't I do it?
May God bless you in this time of renewal as he is blessing me.