Only a little more than two weeks ago we celebrated Christmas. Does it already seem like last year’s old news? Yes, 2017’s past. Most of 2018’s ahead. What have we done with the time that we’ve had? What are we doing with the time now at hand? What’s our hope for the future? How can we find help and hope for tomorrow and on towards Easter?
You know Christmas’ big birthday party proceeds on to 2018’s April 1st Easter celebration. If we are living that Sunday, where will we be around noon? Arising from a bed (at home or elsewhere), going to lunch, hunting colored eggs and candies, or honoring God’s gift of a Savior in His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ?
The JOY (Jesus 1st, Others 2nd, Yourself last) of the Christmas lights, life, and presence must be supernaturally transformed beyond just “belief” into action, i.e., active “trust.” That’s a large part of the lesson of Easter being a continuation of the Christmas experience.
Too often we separate these holidays in our hearts and minds. We may also be separating our belief and faith from our active trust and actions based thereon. This is where God’s gifts of the Word and the Holy Spirit prove essential. We need the supernatural power that comes from the Living Word breathed on by Christ and moving us by the Holy Spirit to connect our personal spirit to Theirs.
There exists One Way, Truth, and Life to relate us to God through Christ Jesus...and we need to have a super-charged, supernaturally empowered relationship through our responses to Christ and the Holy Spirit’s drawing of us to Jesus. Belief is a first step toward actions that let your personal relationship with God grow. Doing the things Christ asks, like becoming an active part of His Church and being baptized, evidence and facilitate the relationship growth.
Transform from Christmas belief, wonder, awe, and excitement into Easter trust, action, revival, and relationship. Follow the drawing towards God that the Holy Spirit and Christ, the Living Word, proclaim now in 2018’s invitations to “Come.” Come to God, to church, to the revival and reconciliation of your relationship with God that Easter makes possible. Come!