Day 19: After the Fast

By Pastor Jeff  (February 4, 2021)

TITUS 2:11-14
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

As we are pushing through the final stretch of our fasting journey, you’re likely thinking about what life will look like AFTER THE FAST. When the calendars turn to February 7th, there will be a long list of things that you won’t be going without any longer (can anyone say “AMEN” to that?)

In all seriousness, I don’t think our lives should return back to 100% of our old routines and lifestyles. Perhaps there’s some things we need to permanently leave behind. Hopefully we’ve all learned a few things about ourselves during this fast, and more importantly, grown closer to God. The sacrifices we’ve made to go without certain things have had a direct impact on our relationship with God and closeness to Him!

I wonder if there are a few things you should KEEP doing after the fast is over? Maybe there are a few things that you should make sure you don’t start doing again. You likely won’t have any more spiritual momentum in your life than you do right now, and you don’t want that to go to waste. I wonder what progress you want to make permanent moving forward?

I think about the timing of our annual fast. Launching every January, it sets the tone for the rest of the year. It also follows a season of perhaps the highest levels of indulgence in the entire year. Though Christmas may be rivalled by a single night of excess at our Thanksgiving tables, there isn’t another time of year that we throw caution and restraint to the wind more than December.

When that mentality leaks into other areas of our lives, fasting is the masterful correction.

In Paul’s letter to Titus, he says the “grace of God teaches us to say NO to worldly passions.”  Learning that “NO” isn’t just for times of fasting. It’s for every day. Every month. Every situation, and every temptation. It’s just as important in December, as it is in January.

So, as you prepare for life beyond February 7th, may you have the clarity and courage to decide on what life is going to be like AFTER THE FAST!

[PRAYER]

Jesus, would you guide me to continue living for you beyond this fast. Help me to be “eager to do what is good” and honour you with my ongoing sacrifices.

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