What if you ran
- every thought you had,
- every priority you made,
- every word you said,
through the idea that "Jesus lived, died, and rose again"?
That is, what if, when you were deciding whether or not to exercise in the morning, to skip lunch, to knock one more thing off your task list, to scroll a little further into Facebook, you asked yourself, "How is this affected by the fact there was a pivotal moment in history, a moment at which a person literally conquered death?"
At first, you might think that you'd look crazy. Life involves tons of decisions - can you run all of them through that filter? There are terabytes of information that your senses process each day - can all of that be subject to the resurrection? Aren't some things just not at all related to Jesus and his work? Wouldn't you seem really weird if people knew that the words you were about to say to them came out of the fact that you believed that Jesus was graphically murdered and then walked out of his own tomb?
It would come across as crazy to be so consumed by the resurrection, right?
But then again, the fact that a crucified person rose from death is kind of...
And if it really happened, living as though it didn't (or as though it didn't have dramatic impact on everything) would be kind of...
Not to mention, if that resurrection means that sin, which caused death, can't dictate your life anymore and that you don't have to fear condemnation anymore and that you can fight back the devil with just the name of Jesus that's kind of...
If it works, who am I to call it...
- Pastor Kent
Romans 6:13 | Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.