The New Command

On this Easter Monday, we return to the everyday and the ordinary life of Christians. We get up. We go to work. We make a little money, earn enough to buy our bread, and go to bed, just to do it all over again tomorrow. `If you think about it too hard, you start to ask yourself questions, like, “Is this all that I am? Is there nothing more?” It is my favorite line from Star Trek the Motion Picture, because it is true. It is the question we must ask ourselves, because if we are not asking this question, we aren’t really living.

If you are content to doing the same thing every day, then you have achieved what few have. But if you think you were meant for more, then welcome to the awakened. No maybe what you do is fairly complex, and you come home mentally exhausted. There are days I come home and I am wore out, asking myself if I can get out there and do it again tomorrow. But then I also ask myself the question if this is what I want to do the rest of my life.

Someone asked Brother Lawrence how he could wash dishes and sweep floors at the monastery day in and day out. His reply was simply that in everything that he did, he did it in prayer, as unto the Lord. He applied a spiritual dimension to everything that he did. For life, life was never dull after that. Every act was a work of wonder. I think we forget about this. We forget what a wonder life is, how even the act of getting up and going to work is an amazing process. If you’ve lost work or have had to find work recently, you know how grateful you are when you have a steady job that you can go to every day.

But to answer the question, “Is this all that I am?” the answer is NO. There is more to you than the everyday, more than the commonness of everyday living. And that more is the application of the Holy Spirit. What is your job, your life when the Holy Spirit is applied to it? What is your job when you consider this new command that Jesus gives His disciples? If you practiced “love one another as I have loved you,” what does your average, ordinary job look like then? If you practiced the kind of sacrificial love for your co-workers and your friends that Jesus did for His, what would that look like?

For me, Easter Monday is a new day. It takes all the lessons of Easter, the resurrection, the newness of life, the joy and celebration that Jesus is ALIVE, and applies it to the drudgery and normality of Monday. What does your life look like with Jesus in it? Can you allow Jesus to fill you in such a way that life is not drudgery and ordinary, but every day is a new experience? Every day is a new joy, “For his mercies are new every morning.” This Easter Monday morning, despite being rainy and dreary here this morning, is full of hope and life because Jesus is here. He is the life of the party!

Heavenly Father, thank you for a new morning. Thank you for a new day in the Lord. Every year I have this reminder on my calendar of just how important it is to celebrate the resurrection, because Jesus is alive. Jesus isn’t just a person from history, but a real, living, present Savior who lives in us today. I would be free from the burden of sin and the ordinary. Help me to see the extraordinary in what you have in store for me today. Help me to realize the power of the resurrection in my Monday life. In Your Son’s precious Name I pray, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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