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Don’t Wait Another Year Until Easter
I hope that your church pulled out all the stops for a raucous celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Without this historic event, our Christian faith would be worthless. We should absolutely make Easter Sunday the biggest and best on the calendar.
But what are you going to do with Easter for the next 364 days of the year?
What will you do with Easter when a particular area of sin looks attractive to you, and you feel weak and unable?
What will you do with Easter when you’ve been betrayed by someone, and thoughts of vengeance enter your head?
What will you do with Easter when you’re struggling in your marriage, and it seems impossible to love one another as God has designed?
What will you do with Easter when you’re facing another situation with a rebellious child, and you feel as if there’s no patience left?
What will you do with Easter when you lay in bed tonight, wondering how you’ll face tomorrow?
What will you do with Easter now that Easter is gone?
As much as I’m captivated and riveted by the reality of the Empty Tomb, I need to be honest with you: it’s a struggle for me to remember them once the celebration of Easter has died down.
This is where 1 Corinthians 15:58 is so helpful for me:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
(Just for reference, 1 Corinithans 15 is arguably the New Testament’s longest and most detailed treatise on the Resurrection. In the final verse, the Apostle Paul gives us marching orders for how to live because of Easter.)
There are 3:
1. The Empty Tomb comforts us.
Difficult and unpredictable realities of life in a fallen world are guaranteed, but we can “be steadfast and immovable” even when we don’t understand, because our Risen Savior rules over everything that would confuse us.
2. The Empty Tomb motivates us.
If Christ rose from death, reigns in power, and is coming back again, we should be the most motivated community on earth, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Enough of mere survival – we should help others thrive right here, right now, because we believe in victory, redemption, and transformation.
3. The Empty Tomb assures us.
If the Resurrection guarantees eternity, then we believe that our suffering and ministry “is not in vain.” Life will get discouraging – at times, it won’t seem like there is an end in sight, or progress is invisible. But a Second Coming is coming, and we will be rewarded for our faith.
Don’t wait until next Easter to celebrate these realities!
You have to check ego and pride at the door and not think too highly of yourself. The more “real” you are with your team, the more they will respect you. As generations progress, the lack of trust in leadership continues to grow. It’s important that your team feels like they know you, but that will only happen if you bypass the easy emotional route and instead take the time and get invested in them.
You cannot do everything. God has equipped you with unique gifts and talents, for sure, but He also did that for everyone else. Utilize the team you have around you. Trust them with the responsibilities you’ve given them and let go. Don’t micromanage. Seriously, don’t. You will get so much more out of your team if they believe that you have faith in them to get things done. Plus, they will often surprise you with their ideas and ingenuity.
Encouragement is sometimes the hardest gift to give others, but as a leader it’s essential to validate your team’s efforts. All of us have the desire to be accepted and “valued” in other people’s eyes. Take every opportunity to be an encouragement to those on your team. The great thing is they will not only feel appreciated, but it will also give you a lift.