So the other major church holiday in addition to Christmas, Easter or Resurrection Day, the holiest day of the year for the church and Christianity has come and gone. The question that now remains is the impact that the Holy Season of Lent, the special services of Holy Week and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ had on us as individual Christians and as a church, as Centenary UMC. Have we all just gone back to our normal routines and packed what we learned and experienced away along with the Easter baskets until next year…or has the Resurrection of Jesus Christ actually become more relevant to us?
Are we now beginning or ending each day by reading the scripture and praying (both talking and listening) to God? Have we made it a priority to take one day off a week as a Sabbath for God and for our family? Have we prayed to God and answered His call through a relationship with Him to give of our time, gifts and money to the church according to His will and not our own? The answer to all of these questions will eventually reveal to us and to God just how relevant the Resurrection is now to all of us and whether we now live our life as His sons and daughters and as His church in order to reveal the relevance of it and the hope it offers to the world.
By the way, there is another major church holiday coming up. It is Pentecost, the celebration of God, who had already given us His Son, bestowing us with His Holy Spirit on May 15. It is about celebrating the fact that by turning to God and accepting Him and His son Jesus Christ and all He has done for us, the Holy Spirit will come into us and help us with everything we have discussed above.
You see, brothers and sisters, if Easter or Resurrection Sunday truly has become relevant, than God, the grace of His Son Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit have also come become relevant to us, not just on holy days or holidays, but every day! In fact, our life becomes centered and prioritized around our spiritual relationship with Him no matter what time of year it is, no matter what is going on in our lives, in our church or in our community; God becomes relevant in our life because the true beauty of everything Christ had done for us, including the Resurrection, is that death has been defeated and that we have the opportunity to live forever. If you logically play that out, than life is only relevant when it is about God.