Yes, I know it’s Monday. What is your point? 😉
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead… Matthew 28:6a
On Easter, Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive. It is, without a doubt, the most significant day on the church calendar. People who don’t even attend church the other 51 weeks of the year, will show up for this Sunday.
What about us? Those of us who do attend church the other 51 weeks. Do we celebrate that He is alive only one Sunday a year? Do we celebrate it only on Sunday? And is it something that only happens in church?
Or is it something we should live each day of the year? Do we live like He is alive? Does it make a difference in our lives?
Despite the number of people I have known in my life who have been merely verbal professors of faith, I have known many more who daily live like Jesus is alive. I’ve watched them as they practice their faith in every way possible. I’ve been at the receiving end of their living out what Christ has commanded us.
Know what that does? It reminds me that faith is real. That my hope is not in vain, despite the deep cruelty I have suffered at the hands of false professors, people who to this day claim to follow Christ, but it is obvious by their works that they do not.
Those who live like Christ have been like a light in the darkness to me. They have been salt to my life. Their faith is so big, they truly are just like cities on a hill.
So many of these have supported me when I thought I would not make it. They have visited me in my trial. They have welcomed me. They have given their time, and anything else I needed. They speak out against the evil that threatens to drive people from the love of God. They have shown me that the Christian life is not a myth, nor is it an impossible standard.
Let us live out our lives as if we truly believe that Jesus is alive, and thereby encourage each other.
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. Ephesians 1:15, 16a