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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Ultimate Game Plan!

Hi my lovely ones! Today's post is actually coming to you today as a request by Jesse. 

You see, Wednesdays in Kristy-land are Mainly Music Days. No, that doesn't mean I spend my day mainly listening to music - Mainly Music is actually a children's program our church runs that I'm incredibly lucky to be apart of. 

Each and every Wednesday morning I spend a few hours with an incredible team made up of my fellow sisters in Christ and we get to spend that time with over twenty different Mums/Grandmas/Dads and Carers and up to thirty different kids. It's a ministry that is thriving and a ministry that I am so thankful I get to be apart of. 

When holidays roll around, we like to spoil our MM families because we are so thankful for them - for the friendships we've made, the laughs we've had and the fact that they keep on coming back week after week to join us. With Easter fast approaching, I came up with an idea for an Easter gift for our Mums and was responsible for putting together the gift along with a little note to explain what it all meant.

This little note is what Jesse wanted me to share with you. In fact, he wants me to call it The Easter Tactic - rather than a gospel tract, because he thinks it gives you a game plan for life. 

You see, when we think about Easter most people think about things like chocolate, traditions, cute little chicks and bunnies with fluffy cottontails - but what is Easter really about?

It's not about scratching your brain to remember which of your kids asked for which specific Easter egg - and it's not about scribbling down your shopping list to ensure that you're not left without that one vital ingredient on one of the few days a year the shops are closed.

In fact, all of that stuff is probably going to leave you feeling pretty flustered. This Easter, even if there's tears and tantrums and arguments and melted chocolate, I want you to remember one thing; 

As hard as we try, none of us will ever be perfect - but that's okay!
In fact, Easter celebrates the very reason why it's okay that we're not perfect. 

Easter celebrates that Jesus Christ came to earth for the purpose of paying the price for our sins, for substituting His perfect life for our imperfect ones.

The Bible tells us that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..... the wages of sin is death" Romans 3:23, 6:23

But we don't actually have to pay that price..

Jesus died a cruel death on a cross and rose from the grave. Why? Because, though He is God's sinless Son, He became human, took our place and paid the penalty for our sin - bridging the otherwise uncrossable separation between us and God. 

Jesus took our debts to God, nailed them to the cross and stamped them PAID IN FULL. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. 

At Easter, we celebrate this; the greatest gift we've ever been given. It's not a giant chocolate Easter bunny or a cuddly plush toy and it's not even a massage voucher - this is a free gift that we all have the opportunity to accept; 

"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us..... The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 5:8, 6:23 

Through Jesus, God provided the only way to be forgiven for ours sins and receive the gift of eternal life. We no longer need to be perfect or do XYZ in perfect order because Jesus already paid the bridged the gap between us and God. 

But how do we accept this gift?

To be forgiven by God and to receive His gift of eternal life we need to trust in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

Jesus tells us; "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6 

The Bible also tells us; "To all who did receive [Jesus], who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God..... for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" John 1:12, 3:16

This Easter, in the midst of all the holiday madness and the bursting sugar filled stomachs, I want you to take a moment to sit and think about the most incredible gift you've been offered. This free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord has been offered to you - are you going to accept it?

Jesus paid a debt we could never pay ourselves - how do we respond to that?

If you want to find out more, I encourage you to seek out a local church - or even just send me an email. I'm always more than happy to chat about anything - especially about Jesus! I know there's a few readers out there who live near us and see us around and if you'd like to join us at our incredible church, just send me an email and I'll let you know what our service times are - or even meet you for a coffee first so that you know at least one face! xx

But tell me, what does Easter mean to you?
And what's your favourite Easter memory?

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