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  • Writer's pictureShannon Bryant

The Main Course

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world----our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5

I will be hosting Easter at my house this year. I’m really looking forward to spending time with family, catching up with everyone, delighting myself with some good “ole” down home cooking, and a family tradition; karaoke! My family and I have so much to be grateful for and I don’t take the blessings for granted. I have all the necessities like a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food in the fridge, heat when it’s cold and I thank God for central air when it’s hot. God is faithful.

My heart weeps for believers around the world who lack basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Some can’t worship freely so they worship God in their spirit. Their heart is their sanctuary. They can’t share Christ openly for fear of persecution or even death, yet they have amazing love and unwavering faith toward God. The weight of the cross they bear is heavy yet they are determined to fight the good fight of faith.

What is this that ignites their faith? Is it that they can relate to Jesus? The persecution, rejection, and suffering? Or is it that they have experienced Him in a living way that surpasses all natural understanding? A way that is not based on tangible things but based on the promise of everlasting life and spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Is it that they know that life is but a vapor and this world is passing away and so is its desires? That this is not all there is and that there is glory ahead so they have a more eternal hope and perspective? I don’t know but it seems as if they love God without conditions. Though poor naturally, they are spiritually rich. To have God is to have all things that really matter. Unlike some who have much materialistically but are spiritually barren. They have taken up their crosses, no matter how rugged, unfair or heavy it may be and they are determined to follow Jesus no matter their circumstance or opposition.

When we are born of God we have the victory! Jesus won it all on the cross and it is a finished work but we still have an assignment. We must like Jesus work the works of Him who sent us while it is day, the night is coming when no one can work. (John 9:4) I encourage you on Easter, when you gather with family and friends, use it as an opportunity to witness to someone. Start asking God who He would have you to encourage, pray for, or share the good news of the gospel with. Make Jesus the Main Course!

Jesus died for the sins of the world a horrible death. Historical references say He was on the cross about six hours. Not to mention the cruelty of beating, scourging, and ridicule beforehand. Motivated by love and obedience to the Father He endured. Jesus showed great mercy even until the end. Although in great anguish He told the thief next to Him, “Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” How great is our God! He is coming back again to receive us unto Himself, that where He is we may be also! (John 14:3)

I encourage you to cry out for lost souls. Don’t give up praying for the wayward child. Be fervent in prayer for the unbelieving spouse. Lift your neighbors, relatives and friends before the Lord in prayer. Let the love of Christ overflow in you to others! Be encouraged. It is still day and God is still God. Glory to The Risen King!

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