Devotional

“Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.” – John 12:23-25.

Easter is upon us. We all know the statistics concerning Easter and Christmas. People are more open to come to church on Easter and Christmas than at any other time of the year. Because of that, these two days are real opportunities for people to discover the risen Savior.

Easter Sunday is a glorious day for all those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ. It’s a day that announces when things seem darkest, God works deepest. It’s a declaration that God is in control and that our sin is not. The Resurrection means everything.  At this point in my life I am more impressed with Jesus Christ and the grace of God than ever before. During this Easter season, take another step toward Jesus. Make the effort to help someone far from the heart of God encounter our Lord who stretched out his arms on the cross to save them, and who still waits for them with open arms.

So here’s my challenge, but I issue it only to those of us who are followers of Jesus, whose lives have been changed, and who believe that Jesus can change other’s lives just as he did ours. There is someone around you who is sincerely wondering “who Jesus really is.” They honestly don’t know, or what they think they know are myths and perceptions. But they have an open mind and are willing to listen. Remember that the majority of people who don’t attend church, give the same reason when they’re asked why: “No one ever asked.”

Your mission, if you would prepare for Easter in a way that will bring glory to God and transform lives, is for each one of us to reach one, to find that one person that you can invite. I can’t tell you who they are; but God knows, and you probably do, too: your neighbor, your colleague, maybe a brother or sister, a mother or father, maybe a close friend. Someone who hasn’t yet experienced the forgiveness, the deliverance, and the peace, that comes when you experience new life through faith in Jesus Christ. Invite him or her to one of our Northstar Church campuses.

Take some time over the next week to feel what Jesus feels, by letting your heart be broken for those who are hurting, those who are wandering, those who are searching for answers to this life. I can tell you what will happen if you let yourself feel what Jesus feels: it will bring a flood of compassion for those far from the heart of God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Pray for the Easter services.
  2. Make a list of people you want to invite to church on Easter? Do you have a relationship with that individual(s)? Have you prayed for that individual(s)?
  3. Pray and ask God for the wisdom to invest in the lives of others in a way that draws them to Him.