Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. –1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV I want you to know that Easter is not a one-time affair but a life-long relationship. What I mean is this: God raised Christ from the dead and He will also raise us up by His power. As “living stones” we are being built up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, for the purpose of offering spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God.
This is what our church’s year theme – Be Transformed: Renew Your Mind – is all about.
Christ's resurrection assures us, first of all, of our justification, and then power to live the transformed life. It is the “exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” – that same power that raised Christ from the dead (see Ephesians 1:19-20).
In their book, Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life, Henry and Melvin Blackaby suggest how you can experience resurrection power every day. Below is a super short summary.
- Use the power now, not just in heaven. Make use of that God-given power to help you overcome sin; embrace the forgiveness and grace God offers you to keep growing.
- Trade religion for relationship. Instead of pursuing hope through performing religious rituals, etc., place your hope in a dynamic relationship with Jesus.
- Set eternal priorities. Base your decisions – for all aspects of your life – on what matters most in eternity.
- Die to self. Be willing to sacrifice selfish desires that conflict with God’s purposes for your life.
- Expect the impossible. The resurrection power can help you deal with “mountains” in your life.
- Experience resurrection peace. The resurrection power forgave you your sins, you no longer have to live with guilt or shame.
- Experience resurrection joy. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you; you’ll experience joy, which will remain constant despite your circumstances.
- Use your resurrection authority. Do your best to live faithfully to represent Jesus well.
- Experience resurrection confidence. Whenever you face trouble, trust God to lead you through it and accomplish a good purpose in the process.
- Experience resurrection hope. Live with heaven in mind; life’s petty annoyances are irrelevant compared to your eternal reward in heaven.
Seeking to live the transformed life together,
Pastor Robert Chew