What do you want to change about your life? Maybe you think, “I’ve got a good life, I’ve got a great family, I’ve got a good career, I’m a pretty nice person, I live in a great place, I’ve got it good.” You’re right. I have no doubt. You’re probably a pretty nice person.
Think about the possibilities. Were you made for more than you are right now? You’re good. What if you were made to be great? Take Tim Tebow for instance. He changed the way he holds a football, shifting it from his waist to his shoulder. Why would he make an effort to change something that seems insignificant? “I’m not changing who I am or how I approach football,” Tebow said in an ESPN.com article. “But there are things that I can get a lot better at — my fundamentals. I want to get better. I will do anything to get better.”
Easter is about how to change from good to great. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!” Romans 5:10 (MSG) Easter gives us three ways to change from good to great.
Easter is about how to change from good to great
On that first Easter morning, some followers of Christ came early to the tomb where the dead body of Jesus had been placed. They discovered the stone had been moved away from the entrance. Each walked in and looked, and Jesus was not there. As they tried making sense of this, two angels appeared. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” they said.
The power in that question is its ability to redirect and reorient our minds, hearts and lives. When we redirect our minds away from fear, and open our minds up to God’s power, we see the possibility of change. When we reorient our hearts away from hurt and open our hearts to God’s grace, we experience a new start in life. When we open our lives to God’s love, we develop confidence to keep moving forward toward a great life.