It’s the day after Easter and I wonder what is going to happen?
This weekend thousands of churches put on their best show, with worship leaders showcasing their finest music and pastor’s doing their best to wax eloquently.
Lots of time, energy and resources were put into these services to make them the best they could be.
Many of the services came off in a spectacular way, but sadly, these kinds of services do not happen the rest of year.
This weekend hundreds of millions of people around the world went to church in light of the tradition of Easter.
Most people who would consider themselves Christians or believers of God made it a point to find a church and take time to hear and be reminded about the ramifications of the resurrection.
Many people, I am sure, enjoyed the music and were moved by the message, but sadly, they will probably not return next week, or the week after that, or the week after that.
It’s the day after Easter and I wonder if the churches that took so much time and energy to present the Easter message in a spectacular way are working just as hard on this next weeks music and message.
It’s the day after Easter and I wonder if church leaders know that their will be broken, hurting people showing up to their church this week who didn’t make it to church last week who need excellent moving music and a passionate, deeply thought out message.
It’s the day after Easter and I wonder if church leaders realize that their will be some people returning this week after being moved and encouraged by last’s weeks Easter service.
I wonder what they will experience?
It’s the day after Easter and I wonder if the people who attended and were motivated by the Easter service will take the time to come back and learn more about God’s grace.
It’s the day after Easter and I wonder if that motivation will lead to different behavior?
Will they choose Grace over the prison of legalism?
Will they choose to forgive rather than remain in the dark room of bitterness?
Will they choose to serve others and turn away from the emptiness and dissatisfaction of consumerism?
Will they choose to work on their vices or will they fall back into destructive patterns that tear away at relationships?
Will they choose to be less fearful or will they play it safe, running as quickly as they can back to their comfort zone?
Will they choose to allow their heart to be broken for the poor or will they guard their heart, staying distracted by the busyness of their culture.
Will they choose to save an extra $1 or so a day and sponsor a child thus introducing them to their savior Jesus, removing them from extreme poverty, saving them from fatal diseases and protecting them from the horrors of child slavery or will they buy things they don’t really need to impressive people they don’t really like?
Will they choose to make a new habit of coming weekly to church to learn new things, to make new friends and to grow new strength that can only happen by worshipping together?
It’s the day after Easter and people must decide do they really believe that God so loved the world that he sent Jesus do die for their sins and whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The word “believe” that Jesus used is the Greek word “pisteuo” which means, “to trust in, to cling to, to rely on, to commit to.”
Over 80% of Americans believe intellectually about what Jesus did and said.
But Jesus says, to believe means to trust him with your life, and to rely on his Grace and to commit to his ways.
It’s the day after Easter and people must decide if they really believe(pisteuo).
It’s the day after Easter and these are my questions.
It’s the day after Easter and this is where the real work begins.