"Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!"
These are words we heard a lot last weekend as we celebrated Easter. What if we greeted each other like that on a regular basis? After all, everything we are is because of the fact that Christ loved us, died for us and rose from the dead. This is something we should be celebrating every day. I don't mean by having a big dinner with family or singing only Easter songs all of the time. I mean, let's celebrate Christ's resurrection and our life in Him by living each day for Him and by His strength. I think sometimes (often?), our daily lives may not reflect how "alive" we are. And yet, if you are in Christ, you are a new creation. You are made alive by the same power that raised Him from the dead.
At the Tuesday Night Women's Bible Study we continue to talk about the Alongsider Study. This past Tuesday, we talked about and practiced "wondering" about each other and about God's Word. We are learning about deepening relationships with others and God by asking questions, even "out of the box" questions, wondering.
"Be curious about God. Remember Jesus' provocative statement 'Come, and you will see'? [John 1:35-39] He arouses our curiosity to know more about Him. This insatiable curiosity leads to a wonder about His person. Wonder leads to worship." (Bill Mowry)
When we practice "wonder", we experience life. Wonder infuses new life into our perspective, our conversations, our relationships, and our reading of Scripture. When we live with a sense of wonder, our actions reflect this. As we live in awe of our wonderful Lord, acknowledging His greatness and His work in our lives, we cannot help but worship.
I encourage you to practice wonder. If you can't remember how, listen to the children- their little lives are filled with questions of wonder. (And here's a plug for volunteering in children's ministry!!). It's spring time-what a great time to look around outside in wonder about nature coming alive again after winter! Listen to the people in your life. Think about them, listen to what they are saying, and see the ways God is moving in their lives. When you read God's word, read it with a sense of curiosity. Ask questions you've never asked before. Come alive and worship our Lord!
2 Corinthians 5:17
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come."