Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What We Can Do - Because He Did

 "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved."  
John 3:17

I watch closely as little, dressed up, bundles of energy line up to make a wild dash for tiny, colored, plastic eggs. With baskets in hand, they're almost trembling with the excitement of the hunt. There will be surprises hidden within each bright, oval package. Some will contain rewards of sweet (or sour) candy pieces, some would be filled with chocolate; yet, still there would be a few containing quarters or even a lonely gold egg containing a $10 bill. Oh, the excitement that fills the air!

The call is given, the children are ready...and off they go. Scurrying around like a colony of tiny ants busy at work. They run to and fro desperately attempting to gather as many of the prized eggs as they possibly can. They want to go home with baskets overflowing. They don't anticipate going home with baskets filled solely with Easter grass either. Every child intends on packing home an overflowing basket filled with sweet, syrupy or chocolate goodness -  and maybe even a bit of monetary pieces to boot. The filler grass just makes their rewards look a bit more enticing.

I think to myself, "Is this what Easter is all about?" 

I ponder this in my mind as I continue to watch. Such excitement. Challenge. Smiling faces. Satisfied hearts. Yes, this is what Easter is all about! "What?!", you might counter if you had been the one asking the question. "This can't be what Easter is all about!"

Before you get all "spiritually minded" on me, before you think I've totally lost all my religious scruples, let me explain it the way I see it. You see, Jesus came to earth...for what? His ultimate reason for coming was so lost, sinful, humanity could be rescued and saved from wages of sin. Right? Would you at least agree with me on that point?  And...that He did when He died a horrible death upon a cross. We all know what happened on that glorious, famed Sunday which followed. He rose again!

We celebrate that He is risen on every Easter Sunday. However, it's not just about Him coming back to life. 

It's about what WE can do 

because He DID!!! 

We each have our own "baskets" ready to be filled, you see. Not with candy, tiny prizes or money though; there are more important things to fill our baskets with as children of God. The hunt should be just as exciting however. Even more so! We should be scurrying to and fro, seeking. We should be thrilled and exhilarated to fill our baskets too. 

When Jesus rose again, He left us with something to be excited about. Something to share. His death, burial and resurrection are the steps for our salvation. Remember, the reason He came to earth in the first place? It's still happening today! He's still reaching out to humanity and He's using us to be His hands and feet. So what should we be filling our proverbial baskets with, you might ask? 

 that's what Jesus was all about!

Time is coming to an end, folks. The last grains of sand are falling from the top of the hour glass. We should be scurrying to and fro trying to gather as many souls into God's Kingdom as we possibly can. That's what He came for. That's what Easter is all about! It's true, we're not gathering plastic eggs like the children I was describing to you; however, our contents are so much more important and of eternal value. We shouldn't be content to let one "egg" remain hidden in the grass; our desire should be to see every egg safely in the basket - more literally, every soul saved from the basket of the enemy. That, my friend, is what Easter is all about. 

Kind of makes me look at the Easter eggs hunts with a little different perspective. I hope it does the same for you too. Are we impacting our world? Are we excited and passionate enough to do whatever it takes to see lives changed? Can we be bold enough to get our nice "Sunday best" a little wrinkled or soiled as we courageously seek for the lost and undone? Because remember this, It's about what we can do, because He did!

Happy Easter to all! Blessings upon you, and the "eggs" you bring into the basket this Sunday and hereafter. Our rewards will be the stars in our crowns!

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Acts 2:38-39