“Jesus is our Risen King!” I often repeat this to myself slowly to fully absorb what this means for me and believers everywhere. I revisit the reasons why His resurrection was the ultimate game-changer for us as His creation!
It was evidence of Satan’s powerlessness in the face of a Sovereign God and that our Heavenly Father truly has the final say. Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest testimony of hope and healing despite persecution and tribulation. He faced so many obstacles before He was crucified for our sake. One of the greatest misfortunes in our world today is that rather than seeing Jesus as someone to be known, He is viewed by some as a mystery or disregarded due to the behaviors of people who come in His name and not in His character.
Think about it: Jesus was betrayed. His reputation was slandered. He grieved that His disciples (friends) would not stand with Him in His darkest hour. He was bullied, harassed, assaulted, and so much more. He was killed because of the ignorance, hypocrisy and sin of others.
Are you going through similar situations or even some of these very things? Do you know someone who is walking through a storm in their life? How do you comfort them? Try giving them Jesus through your words, ways, and actions. The Apostle Peter encouraged us to avoid doing the very things that would ruin our witness to others:
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
Sisters, we may be the only “Bible that people read”. When curious minds desire to learn about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, they will first turn to His children—to me and to you. We will either encourage them to continue coming toward Christ because our heart posture reflects His, or we will discourage them and make the world appear more righteous than the Church. As we study the Word, pray fervently, and apply the Word in our daily lives, the Bible becomes real, and we become rooted in our faith and unwavering.
It is also important to see that our walk of Faith is not just about us, and when we are rooted in Christ, we find joy in the fact that it doesn’t have to be. Someone else chose to disciple us, to invite us to church, and to pray for us when we were lost or astray. Here we are, leaning into Jesus—His throne of Grace—and now it is our turn.
Who are you serving with your testimony? Who are you blessing with the lessons birthed from your hardships? Each time we forgive and heal, and each time we repent, recommit to the Lord and restart what we couldn’t finish, we are resurrected in Christ. He renews us and is unapologetic in His love for us. The real question is: are we? Are you rooted, Sister? Where might God be calling you to give and to receive? Let’s build a community of women who are in love with Jesus.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7