Easter is my absolute favorite holiday. I love the anticipation: Lent, Holy Week-pondering all that my God and Savior did for me. It is also the season of renewal, “spring cleaning”, fresh starts as nature’s green bounty begins to emerge. The colors, the song birds, the crisp air, all representative of new life.
It’s easy to get caught up in the doing: cleaning base boards, washing exterior windows, running errands, planting perennials, thatching the grass, preparing Sunday’s Easter menu. But oh how sad, if that is all we prepare for.
This year I ask myself, and I ask you. Are you ready? Are you ready to really give your life to Christ? I don’t just mean a one time faith decision proclaiming you believe in Jesus Christ the Son of the one and only God, Jaw-eh. Are you ready to submit to His will, to accept whatever is required of you to serve Him, to be used by Him to show His majesty and power to a fallen world? Christ’s agony in the garden, asking His Father to spare him, to remove the cup, but then bending to His Father’s will was not just for our salvation, but is an example of how we are to live-broken, submitted, willing.
I want to be willing. I no longer want the circumstances of my life to dictate my feelings, my responses. I want to live yielded. I want to be ready. I know to do that I have to remain disciplined to begin my day with Him, girding myself with His truth, prayerfully yielding each day to Him and remembering that the only true calling on my life is to live obedient to His Word.
Are you ready? If you have never chosen to accept Christ as the Son of God, would you consider that today? There is no hope, no life without Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is our hope, our only way to God the Father. New life comes through the shedding of His blood on our behalf.
If you are a Christian, would you join me in preparing for all God calls you to? Will you submit? Be willing to be ready. Sunday is coming. Sunday is not the culmination and should not be our one “big” day of worship. Sunday is the beginning. He died. He rose again. He walked among His disciples and then ascended into Heaven. leaving us with the power of His Spirit. May we be ready to live victoriously for Him all year and may our churches be filled.