We don’t need to tell you how big of a deal Easter is.
You know it.
We know it.
Everyone knows it.
We’re all hands on deck as we prepare to have an influx of people step into our churches. Whether it’s a nearby neighbor, a visiting family member, or your “chreasters” (Members that only show up on Christmas and Easter)… the Easter service is a special service for us to reach people we normally wouldn’t reach. We can’t just wing it! We need to be intentional if we want to leave a good lasting impression.
Intentional = Planning
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Here’s what happens…
We have special prayer meetings.
We have special music.
We have someone read a special Easter poem they wrote just for this day.
We show a special video with the death, burial, and resurrection.
We have a special sermon that we spent twice as long preparing for.
This is all great…but it’s almost like we are believing that Easter is the only day we should work our hardest to to have a church service that magnifies the gospel, minimizes distractions, and changes lives from the inside out.
Why do we put all of our ministry eggs into the easter basket only to have the rest of our Sundays become mediocre in comparison?
This reminds me of my days in middle school. Contrary to what my parents believed, I never did my homework. As the school year progressed, my grades would get worse with all those zeros I’d receive from failing to do what was asked of me in my homework. Like clockwork, my teacher would tell me I was failing my class about 2 weeks before the end of the semester.
I would quickly scramble, do as much extra credit as she’d let me do, and pull off an acceptable C+ or a B-.
It was always stressful and disheartening because I knew what I was capable of… but failed to just be obedient with the simple task of completing my homework. My semester end sacrifice let me pass, but I never flourished as I could have.
In 1 Samuel 15:22 the Lord says:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
Obedience is always better than sacrifice. It’s easy to get caught up in the Easter hustle and treat it like a special event that isn’t a church service. It’s easy to sacrifice one or two times of year for events when the stakes are high. It’s hard to be obedient on a weekly basis and serve the Lord with everything we’ve got as he’s called us to do.
Cool things that happen when we treat every Sunday like Easter Sunday
• We stress less because we are already used to giving the Lord our best when it comes to our planning and our serving on a weekly basis.
• Our services run smoother and are more effective in presenting the gospel because we are already used to being better organized and serving regularly.
• We don’t have as many people fall off from the church the week after Easter because the Easter service is consistent with our other services.
If we’re obedient, every worship service can be special. Every service can be a celebration. We don’t have to wait for an event for God to do BIG things in our church.
No matter what the calendar says, my Easter service is every weekend. Who’s with me?