Today is Monday. It’s the day after Easter. Yesterday there was lots of talk about Resurrection and Jesus being alive. There were specially planned church services all over the country, brunches, dinners and the celebratory spring egg hunts. But, that was yesterday. What will we do with the messages of hope, life and forgiveness as we move into our ordinary Monday routines? Will Easter be reduced to our left over Chocolate Peanut Butter Egg? Or will we take yesterday with it’s message of New life and move that newness into Monday, becoming more Alive as a result of the Truth?
Jesus died that we might live, be fully ALIVE, through Him. He holds out a new way, a resurrected way to live our daily lives. It could seem like it’s pie in the sky spiritual talk, but it’s a feet to the ground reality. What does resurrected living look like?
I like the way my friend Matt describes this kind of living, ” It’s living like Jesus would if he were in my place”. That helps me understand. But, to know the real meaning of what Jesus would do, I have to know a little more about Jesus. So Today I want to focus on just one thing that Jesus said about how he moved about this life…
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” John 5:30
“I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me;he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:18
Clearly he was humble. Certainly he lived to please God above all else. Commonly he lived among the people, human flesh walking about the dirt paths with everyone else. Common living created a need to seek to hear God in this real “earth life”… learning from Him. And in humility seeking to live to please His Father he ended up living an uncommon life. He died but his body left the burial tomb. He rose so that we could live past the Easter services, brunches and celebrations. His resurrection power is alive in those who believe…on Monday. It will be with us, working in us, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday too.
Jesus prayed before his death,
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:24-26
He asked that He himself would live on… in us.
Living in us, in you, in me…right here, right now.
Think about that today.
Celebrate! Christ in you!
Make it a Monday of humble praise!