Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Easter Focus

As we approach Easter weekend, consider this scripture for a few minutes...

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT) "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin."

When I was growing up, it seemed that most of the world around me viewed things from a Christian perspective. It was fairly well understood that biblical principles were the foundation of morality, and that anything outside of those boundaries was considered a fringe idea. As we approach Easter in 2007, it seems that America is in a very different place. More and more, the teachings of Christ and the morality of the bible is being attacked as antiquated and "just one of the many" acceptable lifestyles. It's easy to feel defeated as we see Christianity mocked in the media. But, I love how this scripture sums up so beautifully what our response should be. God has given us the strength to run the race. We will have endurance when we focus on Jesus, the one on whom our faith depends! Our battle is not lost! There are so many around us who need to hear that God loves them in spite of their mistakes. Jesus was willing to die for us because he knew the JOY that would be the result! How could we think about giving up, or not going the extra mile to share our faith? We have the greatest news to share that the world has ever heard. Don't be discouraged by the culture that surrounds us, but focus on Christ and continue to share the miracle of His resurrection. Go to church this weekend and encourage others to do the same!

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