This coming Sunday is Easter. A time that we, as Christians, reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Upon this reflection, we apply it to our lives – more importantly, our Christian faith.
But I wonder, have we grown numb to the meaning of the cross … the meaning of Easter … the death of the Messiah? And if we are numb to these realities, does that explain why it seems only once a year we make such reflections about Jesus and His place in our lives? I mean, if we can give up “addictions” and “indulges” for Lent (40 days), why can’t we give them up altogether? I guess that could be a whole other discussion … my point, though is this, the death and resurrection of Christ should be impacting our lives – causing us to reflect on God’s perfect gift – more than just once a year. Wouldn’t you agree?
This quote by A. W. Tozer is one of my favorite:
[Christ came] to make worshipers out of rebels.
By nature we are rebels of God. However, Easter shows us that though we are rebels, God desires a relationship with His creation. And in this relationship, the Father desires to form us into worshipers of Him – in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). So though we are born rebels, in Christ we are born (again) to be worshipers of our Creator. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that we have been bought at a price (Jesus’ death on the cross), that we are God’s temple, so therefore we should honor (worship) God with our bodies – lives.
Louie Giglio once asked a room full of college students, “Have you been arrested by grace?” So, I pose that question to you, before we celebrate Easter, have you been arrested by grace? How are you honoring (worshiping) God with your lives? Are you being transformed by the Love of God? Are you living your Christian faith intentionally, daily walking within the freedom of the Spirit?
In these next couple of days, I challenge you to reflect on Easter – to reflect on your Christian walk. I challenge you to move from “rebel” to “worshiper”; to allow the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to transform your life. To allow Jesus to not only be your Savior, but also your Lord.
Then I challenge you to reflect on these things more than once a year.
… but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.