Vitality: Received and Given
In a way, Easter signals the Christian New Year. Christianity, if it’s about anything, it’s about newness.
1. New life.
2. New covenant.
3. New commands.
4. New wine.
5. New creation.
6. New self.
7. New world.
8. New song.
9. New name.
10. New start.
I wonder why I, frequently, feel “old” rather than “new?” I’m thinking “old” in my spirit, not my body, which is rapidly getting older.
Thinking back, the thing I’m most proud of – the thing that makes me feel new – is bringing newness to others. The moment a fellow believer believes in their gift and sees themself in a new light – with new potential – is pure, invigorating joy.
The great day-to-day faith challenge is believing in newness in a broken world where past failures suck everything downward.
Jesus answers the downward pull.
Resurrection is the ultimate new beginning. It calls us from oldness and failure to vitality, opportunity, and fresh starts. Undoubtedly, we’ll get dragged backwards, again…and again… But, Jesus persistently calls us back to new life.
New life is best enjoyed by receiving and giving others life. How are you giving life to others? That’s newness in practice!
Think back to what makes you proud, what makes you feel new. Can you do more of that?
2 Corinthians 1:12 (ESV)
For our boast (NASB has “proud confidence”) is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
Easter provides hope that, personally and in service to others, we can bring vitality – help them believe in their gift and see new possibility – to those around us.