"Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy" Isaiah 26:19
As Easter draws closer, have you considered which aspects of your life God wants to breathe life into?
Family Many of us have strained familial relationshps that seem only to worsen when we get together for meals and serivces around the holidays. Do you pray for the members of your family regularly? Are you willing to open up your heart to start loving them the way God loves each and every one of them? Remember, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Friendships If Christ's work on the cross teaches us anything about friendships, it's that forgiveness and grace trumps all. Afterall, mere hours before his gruesome death, Jesus was ignored, abandoned, denied, and betrayed by his closest friends. He could have equally been speaking of Peter, a man in his inner circle, when he begged on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Yet, even after being left alone and misunderstood, Christ still made the ultimate act of love for his friends (and the world). "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10).
Work Often our "good" side is saved for our friends and loved ones, while our places of work get the short (or grumpy) end of the stick. As you ponder the work Christ did on the cross, and the glory of his resurrection, remember that our work can be a beautiful echo of his perfect work, holy and pleasing to God. "For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:10-12).