Once a year we celebrate Easter. We celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. We celebrate the gospel. And then Monday comes along and we return to our daily lives. For the most part, we do not think about these things again until we are either witnessing to someone, hear a sermon about it, or happen to read a passage of scripture describing what Jesus did on that iconic day.
Tomorrow (Easter), we will look to the cross. We will mediate on the Resurrection. And we will set our eyes on Jesus and reflect upon what he has done. But this glorious meditation should not end with the setting of the sun. Friend, the gospel is relevant and necessary for every single day of your life. That power that raised Jesus from the dead and saved your soul is at work within you today! Jesus is our hope for Salvation and he is also our hope for every day life. We cannot save our souls by our own strength and we cannot live out the Christian life of our own accord. When we try to power through the day without relying upon the Holy Spirit and upon Jesus, we make a mess of things. The Bible says that on our best day, apart from God, our good works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
“Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
Our flesh has no power to finish what God has started so let us press into him and daily draw from that awesome power that conquered sin and death.
” I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
This Easter, may we remember that Jesus’ sacrifice and his resurrection were not only for our Salvation but also for our day to day Sanctification. No matter how long you have been saved, the gospel is still relevant and absolutely necessary to your day to day life.