Sunday Devotional: Luke 24:1-9

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”  And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” (Luke 24:1-9)

Resurrection Sunday.  A day where we as followers of Jesus get to celebrate what happened that Sunday morning that followed the crucifixion of Jesus a few days earlier.  It is the culmination of the great work that started when Jesus paid for our sins by dying on the cross on Good Friday (that’s what makes Good Friday so good).  Sunday was the resurrection to new life.  Jesus is alive and well.  And He is the example that we as believers have that we die that we will have new life in new bodies.  Death and sin don’t have dominion over the world.  That all ended because of Jesus.  Resurrection Sunday is about hope and celebration.  He is Risen.  He is Risen indeed.

Sunday Devotional: Colossians 4:5-6

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  Colossians 4:5-6

Words and actions are important as followers of Jesus.  We are blessed with the opportunity to worship Him and to share that blessing with others.  Paul in his letter to the Colossians is key to point that out.  Build relationships with others, make the best use of that time.  It’s important to grow deep in those relationships so that God can be honored in them.

It’s important as well that your speech is reflective of that.  This is the case not just verbally but also social media as well.  Your online speech should be reflective of your relationship to God.  Honor God in your words and in your actions.  That’s what I hope to do and what I hope you will do as well.

Faith in the Public Arena

I was checking Twitter last week when I saw something that caught my attention.  One of the people I follow on twitter is Jason Romano.  He works at ESPN as the Senior Manager of Social Media.  He is also a follower of Jesus.  He tweeted out some comments that Geno Auriemma, head basketball coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies.  Auriemma was responding in part to an assistant football coach that had just been hired at the university who had mentioned encouraging faith and religion with the team.

Here’s some of Auriemma’s comments:  “I don’t give a crap about religion when it comes to sports.  In fact, I think it’s stupid [to involve it]….I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that. And I don’t care what religion it is.”

Granted, I do not know if Auriemma is a Christian or not.  But what I would take exception to in his comments is the one statement when he said “I have a problem with people showing their religion in public.”  For me, my faith is all a part of who I am.  I cannot separate my faith in Jesus Christ from who I am.  One cannot compartmentalize their faith and exhibit it one area but not do it in another.  When I became a Christian, it was a matter of giving my whole life.  Now granted it’s not easy and God is still working in my life to make me more like Him but I’m called to share my faith with others.

If one is showing love, if one is serving, if one is showing grace and mercy, if one following Jesus, it will be in public as well as in private.  I pray that Auriemma will see these public expressions of faith as a good thing someday.