The Easter message has been preached. There were lots of folks in church that usually only come for this one special time. The music was fantastic, the words gave great inspiration and the closeness of church family radiated like sunbeams. What a perfect time to join hearts in joy.
Something happens, between Easter Sunday and the next chance to come to worship. Some call it the post Easter blues. To others it’s like a big letdown after weeks of prayers and repentance and finally the joy of salvation. How do we keep that joy alive?
Yesterday, as my husband was taking out the trash, he spoke to a neighbor and wished her a Happy Easter. It turns out this woman had been attending our church regularly for some time a while ago. She’d thought about going on Sunday, but her circumstances took her to her dad’s church. Paul invited her to come this week. He took a moment to plant a seed.
The Sunday after Easter should be just as full of love, excitement and praise as last week, but sometimes that joy diminishes as we get back into our normal every day living and Easter becomes just another holiday that’s over and done. Just think how the church would grow if the same enthusiasm existed every Sunday.
The early Christian church thrived because of the amazing message they had to share and because the Holy Spirit was working through them. We also have an opportunity to bring this truth to others and it’s even more important today than ever. The church is dwindling in numbers. The number of men entering the ministry is at an all time low. Morality is at an all time low – division prevails across our country – “all about me” is at the forefront of most everyone. The fields are fertile and ready. Now is the perfect time for planting.
Our joy should not be a come and go thing, reserved for certain days of the year. This precious gift that was given freely to us, by God Himself, should make us reel with excitement every day. By keeping it alive, we are letting others know that they can experience it too.