February 26 begins Lent, 40 days leading up to Good Friday and Easter. You have probably heard of people giving up something for Lent to focus on their relationship with Jesus? Giving something up can help, if what you are giving up is keeping you from a closer walk with Jesus. Could we equate giving up something with repentance? Repentance means change: a change of mind or a change of direction. It can be helpful to change the way we think so we can do what God wants us to do.
Jesus began his ministry saying, “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news (Mark 1:15).” Right after that Jesus called Peter and Andrew to leave their fishing business (something to give up) and to follow Him. “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him (Mark 1:17-18).” Think about this. Maybe you need to give something up but I’m not talking about meat or chocolate or even the internet. Ask God to speak to you and show you. Do you have a daily quiet time with God reading his word and praying? This could be something you add. Who are you praying for that doesn’t know Jesus? Bottom line is that God is calling you to be “all in,” completely committed to Jesus.