Is Easter Worth Your Time, Or Is that Too Foolish To Believe?
You remember the famous song from the Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Did you know that most of the lyrics were from Ecclesiastes, a book in the Bible written thousands of years ago? Of course, there is a time for everything, including Easter! This Sunday, many people will make time for Easter. Churches are printing additional bulletins and even adding extra services, but this is only for one Sunday, because many people will not make time for Jesus after Easter.
I know what you’re thinking. Why should I make church a priority every Sunday? Why would I commit hours to celebrating Jesus each week? Going to church once a year, for a couple hours at most, is plenty, especially when there are so many things to do: grocery shopping, lawn work, house work, kids sports, sleeping in, football pregame show, that event at the IX center, and everything else that I could do any other day of the week.
Let me introduce you to Tanner. Tanner is a member of the church. He’s in his 20s and works in the IT field. On of the ways he expresses his faith in Jesus is that by choosing to make church a priority; not only going to church, but also volunteering. He probably commits about five hours a week to church. Here’s what he said to the question, “Why do you make church a priority?”
First and foremost going to church allows us an avenue to worship the one true God. This is the God who in breathed life into us (Genesis 2:7) and wants to have a personal relationship with us. One of the ways that we can have this personal relationship is through worshiping him.
It is a great place to learn more about the one who created us. Knowing more about God allows us to know what his will is for our life and how we should go about completing it. If you were created for a specific purpose then wouldn’t you want to fulfill that purpose? The purpose and plans God has for you are good as it is written, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Also, just like you want to know your earthly father and he wants to know you it is the same way with our heavenly father.
Second, it is a great place for people to spend time with others who believe. Isn’t it nice to hang out with people that think and believe the same way that you do? We all do, and church is a great place for this.
Third, church is a great place to find a judgement free zone. There is a lot of judgment in this world and everywhere you turn there seems to be someone turning their nose up at you. It is nice to be in a place where no matter what you have done, you can be forgiven and accepted.
Fourth, we are all one big family inside the church and we are always open to more members. We would love it if you would come and join our family this Easter.
There you have it, four great reasons to make church worth more of your time. Easter is the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead, in order that people can be forgiven of their sins and have a relationship with God. If, as the Bible says, “God loved world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16), doesn’t it seem fitting that you would be able to make Him a priority in your life so that you could worship Him and continue to honor Him with one of the most precious things you have in this life, namely your time?
Remember, there is a time for everything, and with 168 hours in a week, God is certainly deserving of a few of those! That doesn’t seem too foolish does it, but what about you? Is it foolish to believe?