Browsing through my father’s writings after his death, I found his last three sermons. One was “It is finished.” The final two, preached on Easter, were based on our Scripture, Paul’s great affirmation of the resurrection. That evening, his last message was on the verses 15:58 and 16:1.
It started me thinking how many times in the Bible, great ideas and events are related to the practical. Paul had just said that death was destroyed and victory was complete. Then he thanked God for giving the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Next he tells them to stand firm, keep busy in work for the Lord, and last, not to forget an offering for God’s people.
Remember what happened after Peter’s speech on Pentecost. The early believers not only continued learning what the disciples taught, but they shared with each other according to their needs. Think on Jesus’ words about the last judgment, “Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.” What a motivation for ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING as we experience the power of Christ’s resurrection at Easter.
O God, may we remember that “it is in giving that we receive,” and “it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Amen.