When Going Through the Motions is Not Enough | By Emily Lawson

Easter Sunday was an amazing time of reflection. What an awesome time to take a step back and humble ourselves.

Our Lord did the unthinkable. He sent his Son to die on a cross, because WE were sinners. By doing that, OUR sins were forgiven, if only we humbly accept Him.

So many times we go about our daily lives being appreciative that we have received salvation and forget the actual details of the event.

So let’s break it down some:

  • God saw the sin of the world.

  • He sent his son to Earth, humbling Himself to live and breathe as a human.

  • Jesus lives 33 years as a human; however, He did not sin even once,

  • He is tempted by the Devil himself, but stands firm on the Word.

  • He completes many miracles providing food, sight, strength, and life.

  • He is ridiculed, mocked, beaten, and persecuted.

  • He dies on Calvary, on a cross, even granting salvation to the thief WHILE hanging.

  • He rises again on the third day, defeating death, Hell, and the grave.

Today, as Christians we:

  • Half-heartedly say a prayer when we need something.

  • Read our bible, but we are not 100% focused.

  • Attend church, but more so because it is a Sunday than because it is where our mind is.

  • Are constantly moving on to what is next instead of centering on the here and now.

In Isaiah 5, a vineyard was planted. It was fenced, stones were removed from the ground, and the finest vines were sown. However, what grew were wild grapes, and not anything like they were expecting.

“What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes.” Isaiah 5:4 (KJV)

Sometimes, we can do all the right things, but the final outcome is not what we want. We can be so determined to complete the steps that we miss the words being spoken to us by the Lord.

When we pray, are we praying with the humbling realization that we are speaking to the Lord most high? The one that thought of us since the beginning of time, knitted us together in our mother’s womb, and made a plan just for our lives?

When we read our Bibles, are we reading to breathe in the life that it offers, and learn the lessons that it has provided for our benefit?

When we attend church, are we there to grow and feel the spirit that is sent through the preaching?

What more can we do each and every day? What can we do to allow others around us to see the Lord through us? How can we be a better example for our families and friends?

Last weekend, my son’s Sunday School class discussed when Jesus rode into town on the donkey and people were waving their palm leaves and shouting “Hosanna, Hosanna!”

My son, being three, usually has fun doing the crafts and playing the games, but it is not often that he really takes the knowledge and talks about it (though I know it’s in that little head of his!). However, twice this week, he has gone around saying “Hosanna, Hosanna” and waving imaginary palm leaves.

Our children are watching and listening and soaking up everything around them. It is our job to be the best we can be, provide them with the best influences, and teach them that God is there in every single action we take.

Let us take the time to give Him the respect He deserves for dying in our place, not just on Easter, but every day of the year. That way we can be sure that others see the sacrifice He made for them too!

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