Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Page 9 of 365: Being at the Middle of the Fast

Page 9 of 365: Being at the Middle of the Fast
We may feel tired right now, but let us not stop consecrating
ourselves not for people but for God.
We have come to a point where we feel the hunger. Even I, who am doing a Daniel fast (fruits, vegetables, and liquids), feel the urge to eat meat and rice. This is the time in which we are considering giving up. But we still stand firm in consecrating, i.e. setting aside, ourselves for the Lord's revelations.

But Jesus warns us to not use this prayer and fasting period for glory-hunting. In sports, glory-hunting refers to the act of ending your support for one team looking for a strong team to support just to make you happy. Simply speaking, glory-hunting refers to the act of looking for means to brag yourself. Jesus calls those who just do the good deeds to seek approval from the other people as hypocrites. Christ is just telling us that we should not tell the world, "Look! I'm participating in the prayer and fasting!" just for their approval. In the first place, we can't please everyone. The Lord already knows that we're doing it to glorify Him, and He's delighted in that.

As we brace for the latter part of our fast, let us remember that we don't need to brag ourselves to others. God is already happy that we put Him at the center of our lives.

Read: Matthew 6:1-18, Mark 7:24, Proverbs 27:2, Acts 10:24-48, Acts 16-31, Luke 19:8-10, 1 Corinthians 16:15, 1 Timothy 2:3, 4, 2 Timothy 1:5, Joshua 24:15

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