“HE IS RISEN!”…”PRAISE GOD!”..”EASTER BUNNY!!”
We just witnessed these phrases and others echo across our social media platforms over the last few days.. but today is Monday, and how is your faith?
It is a valid question! How is your faith? How is your worship attendance? How is your daily Bible reading? How is your prayer life?
There are about 2 or 3 times a year that people go to “church”, or worship. And I hate to say it, but that is really sad. In fact, it is so sad that I want to take your minds back not even 24 hours ago.. I want to talk about what so many churches JUST got done harping on over the past 41 days – that Jesus came to this world, He lived, died and rose on the 3rd day so that we may have a hope of salvation through Him!
What an amazing message!… a message, not a story. Not some fairy tale with a happy ending. Not something we read to our kids before bed and then forget about it during our 10AM Stand-up meeting the next day. But a physical actual series of events that took place a little over 2,000 years ago.
Jesus – The SON OF GOD! John tells us in the Gospel According to John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.. verse 14, “And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus came to this world and dwelt among us to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Since He came to seek that which were lost, then that implies that we could be lost! In fact, Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
All… such a powerful word. All have sinned.. me and you. Our kids, future kids.. their kids. Our parents, grandparents.. their parents.
Here is something else to consider – that sin separated us from God. Many passages in the Scriptures tell us such is true. Passages like Galatians 5:19-21 teach us about the works of the flesh. Revelation 21:8 talks about certain types of individuals who will not inherit the Kingdom of God, but will instead burn in a lake full of fire and sulfur.
For the purpose of this post, I am going with the assumption that you as the reader understand these things as truth and that you worshiped our Lord and Savior being resurrected from the grave yesterday on Easter. **If you do not hold these as truth and have questions about anything I have put forward this far, please fill out the contact form here and I would love to speak with you one-on-one!
You worshiped God yesterday because you knew our Savior died for you. That you have sinned and that only through Him may you have received the gift of salvation. But I do have a question for you – will you be back next Sunday morning? Or the following? Or how about in a month from now?
If there was a series of Bible studies going on at a congregation this week, would you attend? Or did you get your fix yesterday morning because you ate your cracker, drank some juice or wine, said your prayer, sang your song, lifted those holy hands and you’re good?
Remember, Jesus DIED FOR YOU! He deserves our all. Our brethren in the 1st century understood this. So much so that in Acts 20:7, Paul stayed with the brethren until the first day of the week to have communion with them.
Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ. One who had authority during the early stages of the church to give commands and examples over certain topics because the Lord granted them that authority. Because he had such authority, he told the church in Galatia and Corinth that since they were already meeting on the first day of the week to break bread, that they should also set aside some money to help the needy saints in Jerusalem so that there would not be any last minute collections when Paul rolled through the city (see 1 Corinthians 16:1-4).
If someone died for you, you would remember their sacrifice every chance you could. Don’t believe me? What about Memorial Day? Armed Forces Day? Pearl Harbor Day? 9/11? On these days, do you remember the brave men and women who died to ensure our freedom here in America?
Why then do we treat God any different? Is it because you think showing up to services and partaking of communion every week some how makes it not as important? Therefore you only partake of communion and worship our God a few times a year to REALLY show how much you mean it?
Do you treat your spouse this way? Or if you do not have one, do you treat your parents this way? Or how about your job? Do you only show up to your workplace a few days a year to REALLY show them how great of an employee you are? Or tell your spouse or relatives you love them just a couple times a year because otherwise it may not be as sincere or genuine?
Then why do we do the same with God? He DIED for you so that through His death we may see Him in Heaven! I don’t know about you, but I have committed a lot of sins in my past. So much so that I know there is NOTHING I can do to ever earn my salvation. But thanks be to my great God who gave us His Son that through His blood and commandments I can be cleansed!
Because of this, you will see me every time the doors are open at worship. Why? Not because I am boasting about being a good church-goer, but because I want to Worship my God EVERY chance I have. I want to pay honor and respect to Christ EVERY first day of the week in a memorial feast. And I want to do ALL that God has commanded us to do!
There is that word again.. All. Are you doing ALL you can to serve our God? If so, I hope to see you the next time the doors are open. Otherwise, have you done ALL you can?