But in the past couple of years I am more invigorated and empowered than ever before in my life.
Wow, it only took 66 years. Easter hit me hard this year and woke me up to two truths that can set us free.
1. The power of the resurrection is mine!
Paul said, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.”
He wasn’t talking only about popping out of the grave when Jesus returns, he was saying that we can experience in our every day life the same power that allowed Jesus to walk from the grave!
I am not helpless! Woo Hoo!
When Jesus rose from the dead, he conquered the worst of the worst, of the worst…….. death itself.
That pretty much covers anything that can happen to me today. But in order to access that power for the challenges of the day, I had to recognize and act on the second truth.
2. The responsibility of taking hold of that power is mine!
I am the one who must move closer to the Christ of the resurrection. It is my responsibility to consider His victory over death with every decision I make.
Easter was not only the opportunity to celebrate his resurrection it was an opportunity for me to commit to living each day in light of the fact that He lives.
So, in the same way, I renewed my commitment to living a healthy life style after the holidays, I also renewed my vows of faith. I am committed to living up to my responsibility for trusting Christ enough to….
- Forget what is behind
- Sacrifice to benefit others
- Risk in his name
- Love like he loved
- Live with the Joy he intended
I want that commitment to affect the way I behave as a friend, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and as a business man. I want to press on to “take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me.” that being to know the power of his resurrection in my every day life and to live Fully Alive!
I recently told a friend how bad I felt that it has taken me so long to grasp all this. “All those wasted years.” I moaned. He leaned across the table and said, “You have today, Ken!
Will you let me pass those powerful word on to you? You have today!
Have you accessed the power of Christ in your life?
Do you ever feel at the mercy of circumstances?
Whatever your story, it is welcome here.
No matter what your past has been like….. You have today!
Thank you for allowing me to share to what this Easter has done for me.
A deeper study of this subject can be found in Ken’s book Fully Alive and the Fully Alive curriculum available for small groups.
IN OTHER NEWS
I have recovered from the undisciplined holiday gluttony and I am back on track with healthy eating and exercising.
I am training my grandchildren to compete in a triathlon and signed up to run another one myself. I think I will raise some funds to help me touch the lives of my beloved children in Compassion. I may ask you to help me.
Diane and I ran in the Nashville color run, A 5k run where the runners are splattered with color by onlookers. We looked like rainbow people at the finish line. Made for a pretty bathtub ring????