Happy Resurrection Day! It’s a glorious weekend here–72 degrees & sunny, Spring flowers are breaking through everywhere, and all the cows are out lounging in their ‘fertilized’ fields, (except for those LoL ladies–no sign of them yet!) The wind is blowing lightly–enough to cool me off as I drive to work, but not breezy enough to rustle all those Easter bonnets.
It has also been a great day in the Kingdom! Our worship services today were awesome–dozens of folks in each of our three services decided it was the time to welcome the transforming Love, Power, and Presence of Jesus into their lives!
A man in front of me, sitting with his teenage son and daughter, raised his hand timidly at the pastor’s invitation, but when the pastor acknowledged hands raised in the opposite direction, his arm shot straight up in the air, as if he were saying, “yo, you missed me!”
So while he stood, I discretely dropped a “Next Steps” card on top of the Bulletin in his pew, then lowered my head and prayed. When I finally opened my eyes and got up to leave, he was still filling the card out, with his kids looking on intently. Nothing witnesses to your kids like public contrition, repentance, and humility! Whatever other fruit comes of this father’s actions, he has begun building a legacy for the Kingdom in the lives of his children! Praise God!
So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God.
For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths.
But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. (Romans 7:4-6)