As we reflect and lift up Christ this week surrounding Easter, it should move us toward change, toward being more like Him. As He increases, I challenge you also to increase:
Increase your serving – Many think of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, showing how we should serve others and think of others more highly than ourselves. Though as we reflect on the ultimate service of giving up His place in heaven to come to earth to give His life on our behalf, it grips us to serve more. Serve those around you, in your local church, at a local ministry, etc.
Increase your giving – Our checkbooks should reflect our hearts. When we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus, it should push us to give financially even more. Give to your church, a mission organization, a missionary, a local ministry, etc. Give to those who are increasing the family of God through evangelism and discipleship.
Increase your quiet time – Jesus gives us great examples of getting away from the business and getting alone with God. Through all the Passion Week, He leaned into the Father even more to get Him through what He knew was coming on Friday. In the end, the splitting of the curtain in the Temple was visual proof that we can have direct access to God through Jesus. This reflection should push us to spend more time with God reading the word, listening to His Spirit, and praying.
Increase your attendance – Reflecting on God’s great mercy and grace upon us, should lead us to be celebrating and exalting Christ with other believers regularly. We should be hearing and applying God’s word taught to us. We should be increasing in authentic relationships where we can be discipled and mentored.
Increase your forgiveness – All we really need to do is be honest with ourselves and reflect on how much God has forgiven us. This should push us to increase our forgiveness towards others. What others have done to us is minuscule compared to our sin-offense to God, and He freely forgave us through Christ.
Increase your discomfort – Reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice should push us to increase in evangelism. What He took on Himself for us, namely all our sin, and what He transferred to us, namely His righteousness, should encourage us to be unashamed of telling others the good news of the Gospel. This may look like getting over your discomfort and telling a neighbor or co-worker your testimony, or this may look like setting aside the comforts of your secure job and nice home to move overseas into full-time missions.
In what areas do you need to “increase” as we exalt and lift up Christ while celebrating all that He did in His life, death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf?