At times I have been frustrated with Easter. I know that sounds awful coming from a Christian.
I know that most churches and believers mean well with their celebration and even Easter egg hunts. Good Friday meetings and other practices have also rubbed me wrong. Even the common blog posts we see. *Please keep reading… please.*
My frustrations have been thinly veiled and wrapped in the sin of pride. I have seen Easter for many *not all* as time not of reflection. It seemed just another excuse to get together. No exalting Jesus. No time spent as a family reflecting on His Resurrection and what that means for our lives.
Then I happened to see that this also applies to a larger group of people calling themselves disciples of Jesus even in the day-to-day. Possibly including myself.
Do we daily reflect on this amazing resurrection? Do we see the value and the why that needed to happen? Do we see how amazing the grace of His death and resurrection really is? Do we know His real love and give it freely?
I have learned that I need to reflect on the fact that despite these things that lack (in others, or me) God still uses our shoddy efforts and man-ways to bring others to Himself.
God Works. Thank you Lord.
I see that even when a church tries to lure people in with gifts of iPhone’s, Xboxs, Rock Music, etc. Jesus still reaches hearts. He still changes lives.
- I need to pray for all any weaknesses I believe I perceive in the larger body of Christ rather than feel disdain. I need to glory in them even, because God is still glorified more than my human eyes can ever see.
- I also need to pray that any discernment I believe I do have is based in truth and in love taking it only to the Father, Son and Spirit rather than others.
- I need to count it joy that many often come to the beginning of the road to healing when they come to a service for the first time in years “just because it’s the right thing to do.”
- I need to be thankful that those who might never come to church on any other Sunday might do it on Easter to please a family member. Why? Because that may just be the day of their salvation.
You see, there was a day in my not so distant past that I too was full of sin. This pride had me judging harshly the body of Christ.
My pride rejected forms of worship that were not quite the same as my own. For a time this pride was so strong I might have even spurned the wonderful church that my dad received the Lord in. I didn’t, but it was highly possible.
(One of the best days of my life! We all got to baptize my Dad in the river. Not very traditional though 😉 )
This amazing church I speak of has more life than many of the churches who are “doing it all right”.
- People are being made free – shunning youthful lusts and sin, walking in light, and sharing the truth. Orphans are put in homes full of love. Marriages are being restored. Families are being made whole.
- That church has fancy lights. Their pastors don’t wear suits and they don’t sing hymns. They certainly aren’t all homeschoolers nor do they all have large families. (please, I am not saying that any of this or the other is bad)
- Their numbers are not growing because they appeal to the crowd. They grow because the Holy Spirit is free to move and Jesus is lifted high for all to see.
I repent in front of you all for my frustrations and count what I have deemed worthless as still glorious in the hands of our God. He will make all things beautiful in their time. This Bride of Christ will be purified for her King. It is not my work. It is His.
But it will not happen through my frustration and pride, nor yours. It will not happen because of our lack of love for other believers and what flaws we may perceive. It will only happen when we fully yield to Him one day at a time for what WE need to yield to Him for. Not the whole bodies issues, just yours and mine.
That is exalting Jesus daily.
When we realize that it takes only one spark, one sacrifice, one prayer, just one _____ to start a wild wave of repentance, restoration of the church . That is when revival in will happen and we will be whole. When we really begin to love and rejoice in His resurrection we will see the body be what it is supposed to be.
So I am done pointing my finger at others. I will embrace Jesus in every way and I will embrace those who aren’t sure how to portray Him accurately, because I am still learning myself, and we all need grace.
I will exalt Him daily as I walk in His grace and love for others. And when I remember to walk in that love, His resurrection means a lot more and He is exalted even greater, for God is Love.
Be Joyful this Resurrection Sunday and full of His Love and Grace!
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