Now that Easter is over it is easy to move on with our lives without being changed by what we have spent the last few weeks studying and celebrating. I understand how a heart can grow indifferent to many of the Bible’s stories, including the death and resurrection of Jesus.
But we must not allow ourselves to grow cold to the truths we have just celebrated over the weekend. Lets think about how we should respond the easter message. And our response should be 2 fold. It must consist of faith and action.
We must have faith in the life Christ lived for us. We must believe that his life truly is our righteousness, that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can add to it.
We must also have Faith in his death, our sins are forgiven, the wrath of God has been appeased and as a true follower of Jesus there is nothing we can do to undo that forgiveness or our salvation.
Lastly we must believe in the resurrection power. Christ has told us that we have been set free from the slavery of sin. We have power to live a righteous and godly life. It won’t be easy. God has never promised that following him would be easy, but he did say that he would be with us always and that because of the Holy Spirit within us we can fight sin and pursue holiness.
This faith should then move us to action.
We pursue holiness and righteousness not because we can pay back God or earn his love, but because we love him and are grateful for all that he has done.
Our motivation for good works is a changed heart from which flows love and thankfulness. Martin Luther said that if we believe, if we have faith, then we won’t be able to help ourselves, we will break out in good works.
Faith is always accompanied by a desire to become more godly and to do righteousness, in this we imitated our savior, bring glory to God and show the world that we have been changed.
So my challenge for us this week is, to continue thinking about practical ways that the events of Easter should change us. How should we think about our sin? How can we bring back an excitement and joy in what God has done for us? How should that affect our good days and our hard days?
Looking To Jesus,
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