3 Things You Need To Do After Easter
by: Michael Woods | April 2, 2018
Okay. Easter’s over. Now what? Do we just go about doing the same things that we have been doing up to Easter? Or does the experience of Easter change us and shape the way that we live this day and forward?
The message and the Truth that lingers on long after Easter is that we’ve been called…and invited…to follow Jesus.
Here’s 3 steps you can take to follow Jesus each and every day based on Luke 9:23:
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Step One: deny yourself.
What does it mean—to deny yourself? It means to set aside what you want in this moment and focus instead on what God wants for you. To please God instead of pleasing yourself.
It may feel like a big task, too big to even get started. So, start small. Ask God how you might deny yourself a little something every day. It might mean something as down-to-earth as refraining from junk foods harmful to you. Or not becoming defensive when ridiculed, humiliated or questioned. It may even require that you not buy the latest smartphone (because your current one is fine!) and use the money instead to help feed the homeless.
These small steps, along with God’s help, will train you to seek more of God’s will for you each day.
Step two: take up your cross daily.
Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed during trials. Jesus assured us that trials will come to His followers. Discipleship demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid that cost.
To take up your cross is to face the world’s opposition to the truth that Jesus preached. It looked like Jesus was destroyed by this opposition. But just the opposite is true. He was the ultimate victor.
And in case you didn’t notice, he says “daily.” It is a daily process, a way of life. Not just a one-time or occasional effort. To follow Jesus requires day by day, step by step consistency.
Step three: follow me.
Whoa!! That’s a tall order. Thousands and thousands of books have been written about what it means to follow Jesus. So I won’t try to say too much here.
What did Jesus mean when he said simply, “Follow me”?
Jesus expected his disciples then…and now…to follow him: to think the thoughts He thought, to act the way He acted, to love with the Father’s love as He did, to seek and do God’s will in everything.
Christ calls to each of us today, “Follow me.” There is no call more urgent.
How will you respond?