June 28, 2012
What is fasting to me? Why do I fast? This morning I woke up (at 5:30am, mind you… thank you God) with Romans 12:1 on my mind.
Fasting to me is offering my body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. Because this is my reasonable service to Him.
What more can I offer Him but my body? My praise. A song. My love. All that comes easily. But to sacrifice my body… that’s not so easy. It’s not natural to deny myself food. Which brings me to verse 2.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
The world doesn’t understand what it means to deny your flesh. The world doesn’t understand deny, period. Everything is instant and for pleasure.
But I am not conformed to the ways of the world. I am being transformed by the renewal of my mind. By the cleansing of my body.
When I fast, I am asking God to empty me completely of everything. Not only is it cleansing of my physical body, but it is also a cleansing of my soul.
“We must decrease, so He can increase.” (John 3:30) I must be so empty of myself, that all I am filled with is Jesus.
Wow… that deserves a “Selah.” Just pause and think about that for a minute.
So why do I fast? Because I can never get enough of Jesus. No matter how fast and hard I’m running toward Him, I just can’t get there soon enough. No matter how much time I spend praying and singing to Him, I just don’t want to stop. I want to know Him more. And experience more of His presence. So that is why I fast!