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Seven Core Values and EasterBy Evan Nehring
We missed church today. Yes, Easter Sunday and we didn't make it out. It was my fault. I felt this morning like I'd been run over by a semi. What a headache! So it's been a day at home, slowly on the rise and preparing for another crazy work week.
Easter, though, is every day for me. I know, that's so cliché that a few of you became instantly nauseous. It's really true, though. I live here. It's my choice. My life verse is Philippians 1:21:
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
My seven core values are not part of an ancient creed, but they are the result of an everyman working through what it means to walk with Jesus every day. So, what does the resurrection of Jesus mean to me...every day?
WorshipThe resurrection of Jesus means that He is the firstborn from the dead, making a way for me to the place of eternal, unbroken praise. The breath of heaven, even as I type, fills my lungs with life. I will live to exalt Him!
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)
DevotionGod's Word reveals life to me and shouts the glory of the resurrected Christ! I choose to live my life in daily devotion with spiritual disciplines of prayer and Scripture. The resurrection anchors truth in a world where reality is spun, distorted, misacted, and ignored. I will do my part to take hold of that for which Jesus has taken hold of me.
Family & FriendsI've been reminded this weekend, again, of suffering. Of how painful it is to watch someone you love suffer pain and loss. The resurrection means that I don't have to live in fear. I can carry my responsibilities as husband and father, leaving the rest in the hands of God. Every moment of laughter and quiet togetherness this side of heaven is a precious gift.
OutreachHow authentically Christian can I be? Can I allow the mercy and faithful love of Jesus to flow through me to a hurting world? Can I receive humility and indignation only to return kindness?
CharacterThe resurrection means having the courage to go through my toughest trial with the strength of the Savior. I don't feel that solid, not today on a day when my strength is down. I don't know the end of my story, not the details of it. The cross and the resurrection redefine my pursuit of success. They redirect my ambition.
Personal ManagementAnd then the fruit of that godly ambition is borne out as I honor God with my health, possessions, time, money and career. There's a dignity with being God-bought that makes me walk differently, plan differently, work differently. Every resource is for the mission...
Kingdom Story...of the forgiven kingdom. I don't know the full sweep of my place in the divine story, but the resurrection calls me to my next breath, to my next step. I haven't reached a convergence of gifting and fruitfulness in ministry, but I'll be faithful where I am. The great story of God is awesome! I'm in!
Is all of this different today? No. It's special for sure. Millions of people lifting praise to the Father for his redemptive plan in Jesus. Yes, and I'll still be praising and living for Him tomorrow.
Why I Still Believe Series:
- Post One: the resurrection of Jesus and Pascal's inner witness
- Post Two: the Bible, the apostles, and archaeology
- Post Three: virtue, the community of faith
- Post Four: worldview, cloud of witnesses
- Post Five: apologists, nature, obstacles
Comments Are Always Welcome...Was your Easter day special in any surprising ways? Has it changed your plans for this week?
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