I want to develop the habit of remembering and celebrating Easter every day.
Not because of family dinners, chocolate bunnies, or colorful attire but because on that day, Jesus changed everything.
Easter reminds us that no matter how great we are at sinning, our Savior is greater.
No longer are we defeated because Jesus brought victory. No longer do we have to fall to the devil’s schemes because in Jesus, we are offered the full armor of God. No longer are we bound by our sins because Jesus broke those chains. No longer do we have to fear death because in Jesus, we have eternal life.
It also reminds me that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the Spirit that God gives to use without measure. The Spirit that brought life from death is the same power given to us to fulfill God’s will.
Recently, I was offered the chance to join a team on a trip to Haiti in June. God flung a door wide open, laid a good work before me, and invited me to step into His plan. So I did. Immediately, I was overcome with insecurities over my own gifts, my own power, my own strength. Will I relate to these people? Will I have any impact? Am I equipped for this? Do I have any relevant gifts? These questions filled my mind and it was during prayer that God calmed my mind.
What will happen on this trip is not in my control. It is not contingent on my strength because if it were, it would go to shambles. If He has called us to something, He will equip us through the Spirit (John 3:34). His power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is imparted on us to fulfill God’s will and be His vessel. We only have to surrender to Him. We only have to accept an invitation.
When I am overcome with the shortcomings of my being, I am brought to the foot of the cross.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power.
The strength exhibited on that day is the strength that sustains me day by day. It is the best invitation into a relationship with a God who provides us with hope for today and strength for tomorrow.
I do not want to forget the power of the resurrection simply because the date has passed. Because I need His strength 365 days out the year. Because I need what happened on that day 2,000 years ago to ring true for the rest of my days.
Then they gathered around him and asked him, ‘Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?’ He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.
-Bri Emerzian // @bricheese19