Easter Monday is the true test of our faith.
Easter Sunday is easy. All we have to do is get the kids out of bed, get spiffed up, act nice for a couple of hours, and eat a big meal. Ok, maybe it’s not easy. But it’s a lot easier than living out a “new and living way” on a cold Monday morning.
Once the joy of celebration passes, we’re launched back into the day-to-day grind of life. The spiritual high of gathering with others to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus quickly fades. Monday hits hard. We’re confronted with all of the dreary realities of life. We don’t feel so “new.”
Questions turn into doubts as we walk away from worship services and into the week.
- How do we live out new life in Christ on Easter Monday?
- Shouldn’t I be feeling different if I’ve been made new in Christ?
- Is what I experienced yesterday real if I can’t live it out today?
All good questions.
If you had an incredible day of worship and celebration yesterday, that’s great!
Here’s how to live out new life in Christ daily.
Faith in Christ is not a sprint, it’s a long journey. There is no character in the Bible who walked around from one happy experience to the next, never experiencing frustration and failure. It’s just not realistic.
God gives us spiritual “mountaintop” experiences so that we can gain clear vision. He allows us to enter into His presence in worship, in community, in serving Him in ways that blow us away. But that’s not where we live every hour. We are given these experiences to clarify our vision and strengthen our faith. We remember them as we walk down from the mountaintop and into the valley.
I once heard a wise man say,
“We can see the clearest on the mountaintop, but all the fruit grows in the valley.”
Easter Monday offers a chance for us to walk with Christ into the mundane parts of every day life. If you do, He will infuse your day-to-day with new life.
Put Feelings in the Back Seat
I love it when my feelings reflect my faith.
But let’s face it, our feelings should not be running us. We should be running them. If our feelings are in the driver’s seat, then our faith is following them. We need to switch the order.
God is God whether the sun is shining of the rain is pouring down. If I only follow Him on sunny days, I’m going to shipwreck my faith and my life.
Scroll through these Biblical examples:
- Would the Jews have been freed if Moses only obeyed God when he wasn’t afraid?
- Would Jesus have gone to the cross if He only submitted to the Father when He felt like it?
- Would the Gospel have been spread by Paul if he quit every time he was beaten?
Maybe it’s time for you to grow up spiritually and start living in newness of life whether or not you feel like it.
Live Out New Life one Moment at a Time
This is a process. Yes, you have been made brand new. Completely.
But now you enter into, or continue, the process of discipleship. Consider Jesus’ 12 closest followers. For three years they followed him, observing and participating in his ministry. Miracles. Teaching. They had a front row seat. What happened at the end of these three years? Crisis came and they scattered. One of them betrayed him. Another denied him. They all fled.
That doesn’t have to be you. You’re way ahead of those 12 guys. Why? If you are in Christ, then you have the Holy Spirit!
So now you can move forward confidently. Take it one moment, one decision at a time. If you resolve to honor God with every move you make, you will find yourself moving in a godly direction over time. The supernatural power of new life in Christ will be fleshed out in your day to day reality.
- Your Monday through Friday will be made new.
- Your relationships will be made new.
- Your work will be made new.
It’s yours for the taking. Decide right now that you’re going to walk in the power of the resurrection moment by moment. Easter Monday is your opportunity to test-drive the promise of new life in Christ.