John Stott on the Meaning of Self-Denial during Lent

lent“We should not suppose that self-denial is giving up luxuries during Lent or that ‘my cross’ is some personal and painful trial. We are always in danger of trivializing Christian discipleship, as if it were no more than adding a thin veneer of piety to an otherwise secular life. Then prick the veneer, and there is the same old pagan underneath. No, becoming and being a Christian involves a change so radical that no imagery can do it justice except death and resurrection – dying to the old life of self-centeredness and rising to a new life of holiness and love.” –John Stott

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2 Responses to John Stott on the Meaning of Self-Denial during Lent

  1. David Beirne says:

    “We are always in danger of trivializing Christian discipleship”–He is so correct.In light of the ISIS slaughters, we need to be reminded that to follow Christ is death and resurrection. Yet we exchange those images and try to replace them with, “discipleship is prosperity and happiness.” Our American culture is so ill-prepared for the difficulties that inevitably will overtake us.

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