Sermon on the Mount: Fasting
Text: Matthew 6:16-18
Date: August 28, 2012
Listen to audio: August 26, 2012 AM Sermon
Jesus did not want His followers to be individuals who made a big show of their righteousness, in order to impress the people around him. He taught them that when they fasted, it was not supposed to be evident to others, but rather, a time for personal reflection and drawing nearer to God.
Fasting may seem strange to people who live in a time when many of our needs are met so conveniently. Why would we skip a meal when we don’t have to. Jesus’ teaching helps us see that when we voluntarily sacrifice a pleasure, it’s purpose should be centered on seek God’s blessing, rather than the approval of others.