As we prepared our hearts to worship on Easter Sunday, one of the pastors at my church made the statement, “The only day our celebration should exceed Easter is when Jesus comes back.” That really opened some doors in my heart. I had never viewed Easter as a raucous celebration, whether because I was raised to dress up on Easter, or because it’s usually a serious time. But I loved that idea. We are not just honoring Jesus. Not just saying thanks. We are celebrating the greatest event in human history, only to possibly be eclipsed by the return of Christ. Amazing!
So how are you celebrating?
What do you blog about when your life is so full that nothing in it can be condensed to a few paragraphs? Let’s admit it, most of what we deal with in our lives doesn’t actually fit into 140 characters. But sometimes it is good to simplify the way we look at things. I came across this verse today for the thousandth time but it stuck with me.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:12
That seems so simple, and yet it is still the core of our salvation and should be the core of our lives. My life may be incredibly full but at the end of each day, the parts of my life that the Son was a part of were alive, and the parts of my day that did not include Him were dead, no matter how much effort I put into them. It really changes how I look at my day.
Whatever effort I put into being a parent, if it does not include Christ, is still dead. However much time I spend on being a good husband, if Jesus is not a part of it, it’s dead. Whatever focus I may spend on music, or church, or friends, or even Bible study or prayer, if Christ is not integrally a part of it, it is dead.
On the other side, whatever I do today however meaningless it may seem to me, a business meeting, cleaning the house, helping the kids with homework, if Christ is a part of it, it is alive.
So my question for myself is: am I going to spend my day messing with dead things? Or am I going to see God bring the things I care about to life?