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What do we do about Easter?

I was reading some of Billy Graham’s thoughts about Easter and I wanted to share this question and answer exchange with you.

Question: I have a friend who doesn’t bother with God or church most of the year, but as Easter approaches she suddenly gets religious—goes to church, observes Lent and so forth. Do you think she’s a real Christian, or is it all fake?

Answer: Only God knows your friend’s heart, and whether or not she sincerely wants to follow Jesus and has committed her life to Him. Perhaps a seed of faith was planted in her heart as a child, and as Easter approaches she senses a need to have it grow.

However, the Bible does warn us against simply going through the motions, but not allowing God to touch our hearts and lives. In other words, if Christ means nothing to us most of the year, it may well mean that our faith is not real, and our sudden burst of religious activity isn’t genuine. The Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). After all, if we truly understand who Jesus is—the divine Son of God who died for our sins and rose again by the power of God for our salvation—how can we treat Him casually? How can we live as if He were unimportant? Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Pray for your friend, that during this Easter season she may come to understand how great God’s love is for her, and respond by giving her life without reserve to Jesus Christ. Pray, too, that as we approach Easter this year you also may see Jesus in a deeper way, and commit your life more fully to Him.

Clearly Dr. Graham’s advice to pray for the friend is critical. Notice also though, his admonition to commit our own lives more deeply to Jesus. We talk a lot about those who “only come at Christmas and Easter”. Do we have some responsibility in that? I know we often reach out to friends and family to come on the big holidays but what about all those other Sundays? Paul tells us in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”. WE are the heralds of God’s Word and are called upon to speak it everywhere.

Jesus is not a guest speaker that comes through twice a year, he is here EVERY Sunday. Consider your own dedication to the church. Are you there every Sunday? Are there other things ‘more important’ that come up that takes you away on Sunday morning? Don’t forget that this issue is bigger even than your own personal walk with the

Lord. When your seat in the pew is empty, newcomers that may visit see a church that is weak and anemic. Its own people don’t show up so why would I want to come here?

This Eastern season let’s get started early on those ‘come to Easter Sunday’ invitations but commit to make that same kind of outreach through the year. And don’t forget that there is Bible Study on Wednesday and teaching classes on Thursday nights. Don’t just tell people about these things, come and bring them with you!

Blessings,

Pastor Rich

 

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