We had an awesome Easter at House of Praise. In fact, it was the best Easter we ever had. More people attended that service than we’ve ever had for an Easter service and 11 adults accepted salvation. The drama CSI: Jerusalem brought the resurrection into a modern setting with understandable evidence that Christ, in fact, did die and rise again. Amazing, awesome…a day that reminded me why I wanted to go into ministry in the first place…but what about now?
After the wonder of the wedding, there’s a ‘honeymoon phase’. We are still enjoying the big day but soon reality sets in. Like the newlyweds returning to work that first Monday, we all will soon be hit with the reality of arguments, bills and the daily challenges of life in general. In addition to that we will all have friends that we invited to the Easter service and ‘love the church’ but haven’t come back. How can we keep the momentum of Easter going every day? Do what we did to prepare for Easter, every week!
First Pray. Pray for you job, your family and for those who came to church with you. Pray God’s will and presence into your life and ask God to draw our friends back to church. We were all praying for God to move during the Easter services and to draw loved ones to Himself before Easter. Don’t stop now!
And Jesus said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ – Luke 24:46-47
Next Follow Up. The power of the resurrection is the hope of forgiveness. Call your friends and remind them that God has a plan for their lives. Invite them to come back to church (or those that didn’t make it to Easter to come for the first time). We were excited about Easter so we left our comfort zone and reached out, do it again this week. Especially follow up on anyone who met with Christ in a real way. Gently remind them that repentance involves change, so create a new habit of going to church.
If God spoke to you during the Easter service, follow up on what He told you to do. Stop worrying about the small stuff and focus on the eternity after your resurrection.
During the forty days after His crucifixion, He appeared to the apostles from time to time, and He proved to them in many ways that He was actually alive. And He talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Once when He was eating with them, He commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift He promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:3-5
Last, expect God to do what He promised. Expect God’s Spirit to be present in your life. We can experience the power of the resurrection every day through the Holy Spirit. Pray for others for miracles and bring God your own needs. Jesus promised to pour out His Spirit on the original disciples as they waited in Jerusalem. I think the same applies to us today. As we wait expectantly after celebrating His resurrection, we can experience His power like Easter every day.