Easter is coming, but first there’s Friday. First, there’s death. There’s no resurrection, no new life, without first, there being death.
As Americans, we’re such a “want it now” instant gratification society, but we don’t want to have to do anything to get there. Like a friend of mine once said “I want to be thin, but I don’t want to ‘GET’ thin because that would involve diet and exercise. Nasty little words.” In the same way, we say we want to be close to God. We say we want to see Him move in our life and move in those around us. We say we want to be more like Him. But most of the time we don’t want to do the work that is required of us.
The work not just being going to church on Sunday, spending time in prayer, and reading the Word. But the work being not watching some show because of what it will put in your mind, or not being a part of what our friends are doing because we’re called to be above reproach, or giving up something frivolous, or whatever. We want the relationship without the work. But there is so much value in the work. There’s so much value in the extended times of intimate prayer and reading the Word in order to know God and be obedient to Him as opposed to just doing it to check it off your list. There’s so much value in letting go of some things that are temporal to build things that are eternal.
How much sweeter in our relationship with the Father when we are seeking Him daily? How much more satisfying is our life when we die to ourselves and seek to live for Him? When we let go of the things of this world and freely run into His arms. The process is not always fun. The work is usually hard. At times it can be especially painful. But the rewards are incredible. But first there has to be death. There’s no new life without death. Easter is coming, but first there’s Friday.
In memory of my dear friend Janet Felber