It has been almost a week since Easter. Easter clothes have been hung up and hopefully you’re rationing your candy. It’s time to get back to the post-Holiday life. For Christians, there is a challenge following Easter. What’s next? How do we follow something as grand and exciting as Easter? In a way, Jesus’ followers faced the very same questions following Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus came back to life, appeared to various people, and spent time with His followers for 40 days, then ascended into heaven. Think about that; He died, shocked everyone by coming back to life, was around for a little over a month and then disappeared. It’s no wonder the disciples went back into hiding, at a loss for what to do next. How do you follow something that amazing? What does the resurrection look like in your everyday life? Here are some examples that you can take from the early Christians:
While early Christians knew that their relationships could not be exclusively Christian, they also knew the importance of spending time with people of the same beliefs. They started churches, friendships, families and support systems with one another. While your friends at school are important, it is equally important to be involved with your church, youth group, or your school’s Christian club. Finding a support group of followers will help you as you live out life as a Christian.
James 2:17 says that, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Many Christians have blown this verse out of proportion, acting as if what you do determines how much you love God. Other Christians have become so frustrated with this mentality that they steer away from all ministry and acts of faith. While your actions do not determine your love for God, they often reflect what your relationship with Him is like. Jesus calls us to serve others, and if we are not doing that, we are not following His message. Even with limited time and resources, there are many things you can do with your youth group, church or school club to pour love into your community and those who are hurting.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Encouragement is just as important for you as it was for the early Christians. Maybe there are times when you feel like you’re not a strong enough Christian, or sometimes unexpected hardships arise that make it difficult to believe in a loving God. During times like these, we need other Christians to pray with us, point us to scripture or just to be a listening ear.
Carrying out Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness in our daily lives is much easier if we bring Jesus into our daily lives through prayer. Prayer develops a personal relationship with Jesus, which then carries us through the ups and downs of life.
If living your life as a Christian intimidates you, do not be discouraged. Learning how to live your life in the light of God’s love is a never-ending journey, but it is full of grace and mercy from God. You are not alone. We would love to encourage you! Tweet to us @niNeMag with your need of encouragement and we will tweet back!