Ideals. Ideas. Perceptions. Can be so lovely or can lead us astray.
People around the world will have closed their offices for the day. Packed up, and perhaps gone away for the weekend with the family. Maybe planned to rest and eat some ham on Sunday. And some people may continue the tradition of going to church on Easter and Christmas Eve. Some of you who read my blog may passionately love Jesus and have been transformed by His work in your heart. And some of you may be here by accident or curiosity.
Whatever reason you are here, reading, I challenge your ideas. Your ideas of Jesus or church or what “Easter is really about”. Whether you’re a Christian since childhood or refusing to let Him in. I urge you to let God transform you through the gospel – a truth that doesn’t just penetrate you once, but if you let it, it will continue to shape who you are as a person for the rest of your life.
Romans 5:8 says that WHILE we were still sinners, Christ died for us. You see, the cross has nothing to do with what we can or ever will accomplish. It’s Christ loving us even in our imperfect state. Continuously. Holding us up. Moving us forward. The cross doesn’t just change us once and then we’re good. It’s a continual process.
I grew up in a Christian home, ‘said the sinners prayer’ when I was about four-years-old, but it has been an ongoing journey of choosing daily to let Him love me, seek and hunger for Him, and not just what He can do for me, but to truly know Him and His heart. Lord knows, it’s been a process!
So as you ponder whether to go to church this weekend, and think about what we are REALLY globally celebrating this morning, let God, not your previous experiences, shape your ideas about Him. I don’t know about you, but I want the real thing. Jesus. Not just my idea shaped by society or experiences. But Him.
Let the gospel change you.