My birthday is near Easter, and over the years has become my time of self-reflection and evaluation – even more than the New Year.
Growing up, we would watch the movie The 10 Commandments on television around Easter time. It was a kind of reminder that life has a significant and important spiritual aspect. And Easter seems like the perfect time for self-reflection for the coming year.
Oddly enough The 10 Commandments is about more than just the 10 Commandments being given to the Israelites. It’s about God’s deliverance of his chosen people from the pharaoh in Egypt, and being led and provided for, through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Their deliverance from Egypt was quite the miracle in itself. And is celebrated as Passover yearly by practicing Jews to commemorate the deliverance of the Israelites from death, by the blood of the lamb on their doorposts.
Christians believe that was a picture or foreshadowing of what was to come – that Jesus IS that Passover lamb. And His blood shed on the cross allows us to be delivered from eternal death (separation from God) to eternal life with God.
And His rising from the grave after His death on the cross is why we celebrate Easter and our new life in Christ!
As we draw close to celebrating Easter, I encourage you to take time for self-reflection, and spiritual renewal.
A few questions that might guide you:
Who are you listening to for guidance, wisdom? Who are you sharing your faith with?
What is the main factor in your decision-making process?
When are you setting aside time to hear from God? In prayer? In His Word? From Christian teachers/pastors? Other places?
Where are you spending your time? Your money?
How are you living the life Jesus died to give you?
Self-reflection can so easily be about time management, exercise, weight. But other things are so much more important.
We can honor God by using our time, energy, money, relationships, decisions to live the life He died to give us.
Make time before Easter, to get with God and ask Him how you can use what He’s given you, to honor Him.