Hope in Easter

My Easter now looks different. My family and I would wake up, head to church for the Easter egg hunt and then worship. Later on we would head to my mom’s for Easter dinner and probably have another egg hunt. It was a day filled with family activities. Now, I have shared time with my boys, church is taking place online, the egg hunt will be at my home, and there is no more Easter dinner at my mom’s.

It is easy to allow the circumstances around you to affect how you feel and what you do. Honestly, for a brief moment, I wanted to wallow in my hurt, anger, and sadness for what is now lost. I guess I could still do that, but I would be missing what Easter is truly all about…

Hope.

Our Heavenly Father sees our sufferings. He has felt our sufferings. He died for our sufferings that resulted from our sins. He laid in a tomb for three days, and then He was resurrected. It is in the resurrection of Jesus that we can find hope.

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

John 12:46 ESV

Although the life we live here will have many hardships and leave us questioning why things happen; we, as believers in the death and resurrection of Jesus, know that the battle has been won. Our sins have been washed away. We have hope that one day we will live in eternity with our Lord and Savior. We know that all our pain and suffering will end.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4 ESV

If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior. If you have been longing for the hope that there is a future where all our struggles and tears will be no more..

..then I ask that you call on the One who keeps hope alive.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Acts 2:21 ESV

Deployment of the Church

I recently saw something that has been going around on Facebook that said,

The church isn’t empty. The church has been deployed.

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I agree with this. Church looks different right now. Churches are streaming their sermons live or sharing via email during this time of quarantine. However, although I agree with this statement, it also gave me pause..and I asked myself this question..

Shouldn’t the church always be on deployment?

I used to think that the church was a building that you attended every Sunday morning, but while maturing in my faith, I have come to realize that is not what church is.

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 (Msg)

Go out.. it doesn’t say to go to church and sit in the same pew every Sunday (although taking the time each week to go to church is a good thing). Jesus commissioned us to go out and make disciples. So what does this look like?

  • Volunteer (giving your time)– local food banks, shelters, youth gatherings, VBS, outreach programs, etc.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35 (ESV)
  • Using your gifts- music, athletics, writings, speech, photograhy, etc

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)
  • Treasures- donations to missions, Operation Christmas Child, help a family in need, etc.

Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’

Matthew 19:21 (ESV)

To go out, may be out of your comfort zone. It takes vulnerability to share your testimony and tell about who Jesus is; but as Christians, that is what we are called to do. We believe that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phillipians 4:12 ESV). We need to seek those who are hurting, in need, lost, or have never heard the story of Jesus. They can be on the court as your teammate, a co-worker, your child’s friend, or a stranger that you just can’t shake the nudge to speak to them.

So, branch outside of the building and know that..

We are the church. We are always deployed. Our mission is to bring others to Jesus. Now go…

..and become the hands and feet of Christ.

Messy blessings,

Misty