Romans 12: 1-2
John F. Kennedy said: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." An entire nation took this statement, lived it out as a creed and, for a while, our nation occupied a higher moral plane. During this time of Easter, Christians should think of living morally and righteously at the highest level. To paraphrase the president: ask not what Christ can do for you, but what you can do for the cause of Christ in your lifetime.
What was the president talking about? The high ideal of service to your country. A worthy focus indeed. As Christians concerned about and part of the kingdom, our focus should be on an even higher ideal. The ideal is ministry (service to another). Christians should be invested in making ministry happen, from a kind word, a phone call of concern, a visit, an intercessory prayer, or a cup of cold water. Real ministry in the crucible of life is the greatest testament to the significance of Easter. This type of ministry requires sacrifice. Sacrifice of such things as ego, plans and reputation. Just as our Savior did not concern Himself with such things, we too must have our focus on service in the kingdom of Christ. As Christians, we truly fulfill the message of Easter when we include others in something bigger than all of us...the kingdom Christ.
What will you do this Easter season to help build His kingdom and include the lost, those who have strayed, and those in despair?