I was in Target the other day and as I hurried past the greeting cards aisle to get to the laundry detergent, it came to me that it might be nice to send my parents and in-laws an Easter card. They do those sorts of things for me, but I rarely think that far in advance. Since it was the Saturday before Palm Sunday, I still had plenty of time to buy the cards, take them home, let them marinate on my counter for a few days, finally put stamps on them, let them marinate a little longer, and get them in the mail on time….just on time.
But it turns out they still won’t be getting an Easter card from me.
I’ll have you know I looked all over the “religious” section of the card display for an appropriate Easter card for true, dedicated, surrendered Jesus followers and couldn’t find a single one. No, instead these religious cards all said things like this:
- I need to make sure my family celebrates the true meaning of Easter. I need to teach my children, now in their young adult years, that Easter is celebrated by the reading of God’s Word, the singing of praises to Him, and prayers of thanksgiving prayed from humbled, repentant, and redeemed hearts.
- I need to invite to church those who don’t normally go to church. I can expose them to the true meaning of Easter — the life, death, and resurrection of a loving Savior who prepares a place for us in heaven — as they hear the gospel preached at my church.
- I can prepare my heart for Easter through quiet time with the Lord, soberly reflecting on the sacrifice made for me and gratefully acknowledging the resurrection power of my victorious Lord and Savior.
- I can post true and meaningful Easter sentiments on any social media I participate in, such as Facebook or Twitter.
- I should tell others, with joy and enthusiasm, why I celebrate Easter by going to church and worshiping with other believers.
- I need to give others a reason to celebrate Easter. I need to share the plan of salvation, the good news of the gospel whenever and wherever I have a chance. And I can begin by telling others what Jesus has done for me.