After Easter Thoughts – How To Follow Jesus
By Janis Cox
What should we do after Easter? Janis offers some ideas about how to follow Jesus more faithfully and effectively.
In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journalling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. She has had several articles and devotionals published. Janis has been a regular contributor to HopeStreamRadio since its inception in 2015. Contact us if you have any questions about the Bible or Christianity.
I would like to give you a few after Easter thoughts. It has felt like a long time – 40 days- of studying through John. There is so much in that Gospel message. But it’s past Easter and what do I do now? What lessons have I learned that will help me carry through until the next Easter?
First I need to remember to seek God in everything I say or do. I don’t always do that. I think, then I act. But there is another important step. It should be think, ask God and listen, then do as He says. I love what Oswald Chambers says on this subject:
“We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus much deeper down than we do, to get into the habit of steadily referring everything back to Him.”
I learned that God moved into our neighbourhood because of the resurrection. He is here. He is now. I can ask Him anything at anytime because He hears me.
Shine His Light
I now look for where God is placing me so I can shine His light. Sometimes it’s in the little things that I can do the most good. Oswald Chambers has this to say:
“Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration.”
Then there’s the junk in my spirit and heart that God still needs to clear out. Just as Jesus cleared the temple He is doing a daily work in me.
Watching what God says rather than what the world says is very important to me. Now is the era of “fake news” so I must look at everything with my eyes wide open in order to discern what is truth and always check with God too.
I know that it’s good to have wilderness experiences. Jesus went away to a spot by Himself. I need to do this too. I need to find a spot without distractions where I can be quiet and listen to God.
Following Jesus and being religious are two different things. Oswald Chambers says:
“If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious.”
Following Jesus is not a lofty lifestyle. I need to be spiritually real. I know that Jesus sent the Comforter to lead and guide me so I need to listen to Him.
And finally I want to listen closely to Him because I know I am His. Oswald Chambers says:
“We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, becoming so burdened with people and problems, that we don’t worship God, and we fail to intercede.”
Father, thank You for Easter, for Your sacrifice for us. Thank You for teaching us how to follow Jesus. Help us to focus on the spiritual and not rely on worldly things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Until next time, as you travel the “After Easter Road”, think back to what you have learned and let’s learn more together by Growing Through God’s Word.
Janis has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years. Hope Stream Radio will be her first foray into broadcasting on a regular basis.
In addition to a career as a home-maker and teacher, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne. They currently reside in Ontario and winter in Mesa, Arizona. Janis and Wayne have three children with spouses and many grandchildren.
HopeStreamRadio has been a huge blessing to me. Since I moved away from an area that had a lot of good Christian radio I have been looking for a station that I could listen to and be encouraged by. HSR has filled that void and it has also been exciting to be a part of the team that contributes to HSR.Mike from MS