10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and God’s grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.1 Corinthians 15:1-11
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The Practice of Resurrection..
Greetings Beloved Easter People,
We are preparing to celebrate the “Resurrection of Jesus the Christ” and new life is in the air bringing with it a new, revealed vision no longer suited to the closet and we are being called out. At its most basic level, resurrection represents death’s transforming power of birth out of the death of the old. During this Easter season we are encouraged to take time to reflect upon the meaning of resurrection, to be reminded of Jesus’ road to the cross and his resurrection and that we, too, are called to death and resurrection. Hence now is a good time for us to take up the practice of death and resurrection.
Given that life involves several deaths and resurrections, we recognize that figuratively we experience a sort of death whenever we are separated from something that gives us life such as when we lose – loved ones, or sources of livelihood, or relationships to divorce, separation, or breakup – a sort of death is experienced. Thus death and resurrection are necessary because it is the means by which an insufficient life is discarded and a new life is given that brings a person closer to God and closer to fulfilling the specific purpose for his or her life.
How a life resurrection happens to bring us closer to God involves three simple things: removal, replanting, and receiving. In the Removal process, we step away from an inadequate way of living mirrored in relationship with those people who encourage us in unhealthy things or situations and people who make us feel bad about ourselves. We replant ourselves when we end these relationships or move away from the situations and don’t look back. The removal and replanting are accomplished through the receiving of God’s help. The key to receiving is through others where God replants us such as, therapy, study or fellowship to name a few. All of this of course starts in prayer.
Lastly, resurrection is not a private matter and it means nothing cloistered from adversity. In the words of Bishop Yvette Flunder (Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries),
“When you have been crucified and raised from the dead, on purpose for purpose, you are obligated to show yourself, particularly to the people, systems, fears and graveyards that had you bound. Someone must know that you lived, died and now are alive again.”
Therefore as we part, consider these words:
Yours in love….Reverend Gale Jones, Pastor