Have you ever heard of the CEO of Church? I hadn't until the other day. CEO of Church stands for Christmas and Easter Only. Our view of attending church is a time to celebrate Jesus birth (Christmas) and death (Easter). Everything before, between, and after don't matter. I'm not saying this to ignite a fierce debate or rub anyone the wrong way, but I want to talk to you about the after. The part where he dies for our sins. The part that we assume is the end of the story, right?! Nope! The story is just beginning.
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,[a] 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for[b] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Christ came to Earth and began His ministry. A ministry that he knew would then be carried out by us (Luke 24:45-47). Here is where the story begins. Christ knew if he stayed on Earth the people (you and me) would always be looking to him to do the next thing. Christ left so that we can carry out the next thing via our personal ministries. He gave us our commandments (Matthew 22:36-40) and commissioned us (Matthew 28:16-20). Now it's up to us to live life fully committed to Christ and His plan for our lives.
How do we do this? Glad you asked!
Step 1. Pray - Share with God you struggles, concerns, challenges, praises, etc. Be in constant communication with him. He will guide you through and towards His calling in your life.
Step 2. Seek Community - Church is key to this process. A community of people working together to carry out Christ's mission in their lives will help you find like-minded people that are doing the same thing, going through the same struggles, and working towards the same goal (bring Christ the glory and further His kingdom).
Step 3. Be In His Word - Seek Biblical Foundation. It's one thing to profess His name, but it's even better to do it with a sound basis of why you're doing so. God gave us His word not so we could read it, but use it aka apply it.
Step 4. Go - God's Word is not intended to be hoarded. It was meant to be shared, spread, and multiplied. If you're only doing Steps 1 & 2 or Just Step 1,2, & 3 or even Just Step 2 but not 1 and 3 what part of Commissioning didn't you understand. God commissioned us to: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28:19-20).
This year (post-Easter) we want to challenge you to take a different stance. Instead of putting it on cruise control hit the gas pedal. Start the process of living a life committed to Christ direction instead of you directing how Christ will fit into your life. I know I say this a lot, but the minute, nay the second you turn your life over to Christ you won't regret it! His journey is way more adventurous than ours!
Thanks and God Bless!