For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
As a one of my favorite, most memorable positions was that of a Sunday school teacher, I’d like to share some Jesus time with all my peeps.
I can remember how enlightening it was to teach the little children about Jesus and all the amazing things He has done for us. I’m pretty sure I was more enthralled by the simple lessons at hand then most my students, (including my own girls). It brought me back to my childhood of kings club (my first memory of Sunday school) I had to be around 5 years old. I can remember being told we were all mini-kings (queens) in the eyes of God, we were mini-Jesus’ so to speak. I can also remember wanting to be like my sunday school teacher, (also a close family friend); his testimony spoke volumes to my 5 year old mind and heart. He shared how He was a crimal- troubled man for years, did jail time and everything. Then he shared how a Jehovah Witness shared Christ with Him and it changed his whole outlook on life and godliness (he did not become a JW as in the relgious affiliate)- but he definitely became a witness for Jehovah our God if you get what I mean.
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.- Exodus 6:3
This was a friend that preached to us kids a lot, he even performed animal funerals for all the animals in the neighborhood. I used to love the way he preached from his heart and with such humor too. He and his family were our extended family, and if not for this family as a child I probably would never have such a heart for God as I did growing up; day by day I grew in stature and wisdom and LOVED God with all my heart. I was not a perfect child but I sure wanted to be Gods little princess. I can remember the day I gave my life to Christ – at age 13 as I said the born-again prayer and received Christ as my savior. I not only understood what the term “being born again” meant but I serioulsy felt my ‘rebirth’.. I was so in for this new journey and can tell you that any time I felt like I was slipping (back sliding) a term I don’t really believe in as in losing your salvation term, (for salvation can not be lost if the prayer you speak aligns your words to your heart).
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, [Easter] you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. – Romans 10:9-10
For me the term ‘backsliding’ was just a knowing I was being mislead to do things not Daddy approved, (God Never condemns his children, He does however correct them and the Holy Spirit convicts us) this is where change really occurs. These simply GPS guiding corrections are our ‘growing in statue and wisdom’ the correction of the LORD out of old life and into “rebirth” to me is the best darn experiences that we can have.
I sit and watch others judge and condemn one another about whether they are Christian enough- I see comparisons being made and judgements of how one should celebrate easter, (the resurrection). Yes, I know all the pagen traditions of Easter- I know how the egg and rabbit got into the mix; I undestand the many different related goddess’ especially the goddess of fertility, Diana; (heck I’m named after her for goodness sake-) she is also the goddess of hunt and protector of birth, (she protects the animals and birthing woman)- I love that I’m named after the goddess of hunt, shows me that my veganism, prolife, anti-vax stance is written in my heart and is at the core of who I am. But all of this in now way changes Who I am in Christ or how I celebrate what He has done for me!
The judgment we make about how others spend their days or the traditions they choose speaks volumes about ourselves. In these moments of judgement may we self reflect.
I used to be that extreme Christian that judged the easter egg and bunny tradition (for me I had such a revelation as to the whole pagen meaning of Easter and the true meaning of the holiday) but after the euphoria wore off, God brought me back to reality and showed me how it really didn’t change Who He was or What He did, and He truly didn’t give a hoot. HE is more concerned in How I share HIM with others than how I choose to spend the day.
Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours. Gal 6:4-6
Now, As I get ready to head to the store to shop for our Traditional Easter family gathering- I wish to sign off with this, however you choose to spend Easter Sunday, whether it be with eggs, bunny, baskets, and candy or not, please remember to share the meaning it poses on your heart. If JESUS is your reason for this celebration make sure YOUR WORDS ALIGN WITH YOUR HEART. Speak from your heart what Jehovah has done for YOU, for its by the word of your testimony that the grace of God continues to be seen!
“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”-Acts 4:33
❤ Happy Good Friday, and a gracious Resurrection- For He is Risen! ❤
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.-Matt 28:6