“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.” Janine Di Giovanni.
For Christ followers, Easter is the most significant of holidays: the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and the gift of eternal life for all who accept it freely. It is a time to pause and reflect…
It has been said the most important question you can ask yourself is:
This question can be answered many ways and is thoroughly explored in this article…
Who Do You Say I Am?
Who is Jesus to me?
I accepted Jesus as my Savior as a 7 year old child. I learned the foundation of my Christian faith in my parents’ home, my church, and my Christian school. I participated in mission trips, neighborhood witnesses, touring Christian choirs, and youth outreaches. However, once I moved away from home and began attending a university, I didn’t nurture my relationship with Christ as I should have.
I do feel that this is common of many adolescents. There comes a point where faith needs to become personal and not that of our father’s and/or mother’s. That took many years for me: my college years, most of my marriage, my attempts to navigate hurts and disappointments, and the birth and majority of my son’s early years—so many things happened over a 20+ year time frame. During that time, my relationship with Christ was one of convenience. I called out to Him only when I needed Him. I didn’t invite Him into my “daily operations”.
In recent months, I have been re-calculating. Renovating. Today I am so grateful for His love and forgiveness. I know that He never left me. Any disconnect that I ever felt was due to my choices to live selfishly. Am I saying that my relationship with Him is perfect? Of course not! It is a constant struggle- my selfish desires vs. God’s desires for my life.
Can you relate?
Are you keeping Him alive in your life? When I wasn’t, those 20+ years (sadly about half of my life!), I felt it in my heart. My heart was grieved. I knew what I should have been doing!
Do you feel His tugging?
It is important not to ignore those whisperings to your heart. We cannot feel true fulfillment in our life when we are outside of God’s will for us.
What is His will for your life? (Sometimes we overthink this…) His will is for us to include Him in every aspect of our life. If we have a worry or concern, we pray about it. If we have something positive happen in our life, we express gratitude to Him. We worship Him, not just in church, but with our choices, the way we live our life.
As you reflect upon Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, how does it change you?
Do you realize that His love is so intense and unconditional, that even if you had been the only one on this earth, He would have died just for YOU? When we truly understand the depth of His love, which lead to the ultimate sacrifice, it has the power to change our lives–if we allow it.
I encourage you not to waste the time that I did.
As my grandpa Louie use to say, “Christ IS the answer!”
We wish you and your family a special, meaningful Easter!
Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for the victory and power in your Name. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, that by your might, Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have new life with you. Thank you that you had plan, that you made a way.
We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your refreshing over us.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, reminding us we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.
Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(by Debbie McDaniel)