it is the day after Easter

And the most convincing evidence that Jesus has been raised from the dead is about to go to work. Or school. Or the coffee shop. Or the store.

Because you, believer, are Christ’s most compelling evidence of himself.

You.

You are his compassionate action. His wisdom embodied. His good news fleshed out. His ways on display.

You are a member of the body of Christ.

So, rise up! Rise up, get on your knees, and pray in his name today. Rise up, stand up, and determine to represent him well today. Rise up, walk, and be his wherever he would lead you today. Rise up, lay down, and fall asleep with the calmness of spirit that you lived for him today, that you are firmly in his grasp, and that even death itself has no hold on you.

You are a blood-bought believer in Christ.

For you have been chosen in him. Rescued through him. Adopted because of him. And are inhabited by his Spirit.

You.

You he chose and empowers to make a difference today. Whether it is the change you would have first willed or not. Whether you feel essential or adequate to the task or not. Whether you fully understand your role in it all or not. Whether you live to even see how it matters or not.

For it is not about you. It is about the Christ who is living in you.

So, with the help of his angels, his ministering spirits, roll the stone away today – every day – and let anyone and everyone see the wonder of the empty tomb of Christ in you. The Spirit-filled and fruit-bearing you. The loving and loyal you. The humble and bold you.

That is, the Christ. In. You.

Amen. And amen.