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Happy Easter everyone (only a day late)!  How wonderful it is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, knowing that through his death on the cross he made the way for us to truly live.  Because of his sacrifice, the door is opened for us to live life to the fullest, as we were intended to live – in relationship with our Redeemer and in the freedom, love, and unimaginable grace of our Creator!        

I always love walking into church on Easter Sunday. The sanctuary is a vibrant bustle of colors, with everyone dressed in a rainbow array of Easter egg hues and excited to worship.  It’s as if the whole place has come alive. And it has!  But shouldn’t it be that way every day?  On the other 51 Sundays of the year, the palette is decidedly toned down.  Now before I get too far with this analogy, let me clarify.  I’m not saying that the color of our clothing is necessarily an indication of our enthusiasm for Christ, but I am asking is when it comes to the attitudes of our hearts as Christians, do we relegate our unhindered excitedness, wonder, and passion for God to just a few Sundays out of the year?  

Before we surrendered our lives to Christ, we were dead in our sins – dead as a doornail!  And as my husband likes to put it, if there was a dead guy lying there on the floor, there is absolutely nothing he can do to get up off the floor or revive himself or do anything at all besides continue to lay there.  God, through Christ his son, had to reach down and do that for us.  

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

~ Colossians 2:13-14 

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.

~ Ephesians 2:4-5

Now our hearts are renewed and alive each day because of him!  Shouldn’t we be excited by that every single day?  

Remember as a kid, the sheer unmasked excitement of Christmas morning?  You’d wait (very impatiently I might add) for your parents to finally get out of bed so you could tear into the pile of presents spread out like treasures beneath the tree.  Remember the whoops of excitement when you received that gift, the one you had poured over and circled and starred and dog-eared a hundred times in the toy catalogue, hoping your parents or Santa would take head?  Or perhaps it was a gift so wonderful in your young eyes as you unwrapped it, that you could never have even dreamed of having such a thing all your own.  But do you also remember how within a few weeks, or even later that day, the newness of that once glowing gift began to wear off?  That favorite toy was eventually set aside and inevitably outgrown in time.  What we fail to remember, however, is that the gift of life in Christ is given to us fresh each day, and it is a gift that we will never outgrow.  

Having been a Christian since I was just a kid, it’s easy for the initial joy and newness of God’s gift to us wear off with time if we let it.  But what I am reminded today is that God’s passion and love for us does not wane, it never wears off with time. Our passion for him should be likewise; in fact, it should only grow as we are made more aware of his life-saving grace in our lives.   

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

~ Lamentations 3:22-23

        

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