I began this Easter very early this morning. It’s 5:12am and soon I will get ready to go to church and celebrate with the rest of the believers at Northridge. We celebrate every Sunday… but today is special. Today, at Easter, we remember the empty tomb. The symbol that Christ is risen just like he said. We celebrate the hope of that event and what it means to believers now and for eternity. We rejoice in the power displayed, and with great wonder and thankfulness, are moved yet again to think that God could…that God would…love us this much. We are unworthy. The Bible says that we were darkness but we are now light. We were useless but now God chooses to use us to change the world for his sake. We were dead…but now we are alive. This morning all creation should shout THANK YOU and AMEN so loud and so joyfully that it shakes the very foundation of the planet. And still that wouldn’t be enough.
But thank you on Sunday doesn’t mean much without a heart that follows after God on Monday.
A heart that desires not only to believe… but to do. Hands that get dirty doing the work of the gospel in the trenches of life. It will be easy to play my instrument and sing loud praise this morning. It is much more difficult to get up Monday and live right before my wife and kids and co-workers. To seek wholesale change in my life where I need it. To be accountable with my time, talents and money. To honor God with my life…not just my mouth.
My desire this morning is that my heartsong will be seen by others. That God would be glorified in my life every day. And that I will be quick to tell of the hope that is in me because of Easter.
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (NIV)
Romans 1:4-5 And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. (NLT)
Romans 6:8-11 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Philippians 3:10-12 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (NIV)