MUSINGS – January 13, 2019


Matthew 6:16-18
When you fast, stop looking sad like hypocrites. They put on sad faces to make it obvious that they’re fasting. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward. When you fast, wash your face and comb your hair. Then your fasting won’t be obvious. Instead, it will be obvious to your Father who is with you in private. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.

Once again Jesus is telling his followers to not behave like the religious leaders of the day. They made a great show of how they were depriving themselves. As usual the focus was on them and not in God.

When you hear the word fasting do you automatically think of not eating? That is one way to fast but not the only way. The biblical reason for fasting is to stop focusing on the things of this world and instead focus on God.

During Lent it is customary to “give up” something. This is fasting. But remember to wash your face and comb your hair. Focus on things eternal rather on those that will be erased in time and it will be a true fast for the Lord.

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