Words to Live by: Resurrection Is An Awakening To The Divine Potential Inside Of You!
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
Why seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5)
Millions may have done and do this every Sunday (seek the living among the dead) by going to churches across the planet hoping to experience a renewed since of self and faith. Many do, but most do not, simply because the “Body of Christ” they were looking for wasn’t there. The body of Christ today, is his people “the church” are we showing people the “Body of Christ, that so many seek when they come to our churches or are we showing them, self-centered, selfish, saints who are cliquish ,carnal and none committed?
Luke 24:1-8 says on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women (last to leave the cross, first to arrive at tomb and, first to announce the resurrection) took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
Much of the rituals performed in religious services these days are little less than preparing embalming fluids for the anointing for burial. for dead rules, rites, rituals, and dogmas that are not designed to give, bring or celebrate life. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, (the doors of the church are opened and the welcome sign are out, especially on Eater Sunday), but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. The true “Body of Christ” cannot and will not be found in the mausoleums many call the church these days. These well-meaning, ambitious and loving women were looking for Jesus in a tomb. Millions do this every Sunday in the institutional church.
A tomb is a place for burial, not for life. Why look for life in tombs, cemeteries and sacred burial sites. A tomb is a monument to the memory of a dead person, erected over their burial place. That’s what most physical church building are these days, all over the world; regardless of how splendid, expensive, elaborate or beautiful. They are monuments to the past days of glory, growth and excited spirituality.
A shift is taking place in the earth. Something freshly, revitalized, renovated and innovative.
To innovate means to make changes in something established, by introducing new methods. To renovate is to refresh, restore, rebuild or reinvigorate…give new energy or strength to.
Are people better off or worse when they come in to our churches? We are here to help people see the light not burn them with the light. When people come in to the “Church” they should be better off when they leave then when they came -in they should in some way have a resurrection.
Resurrection is an awakening to the divine potential inside of all of us, identifying it and putting it into action in our daily experience and expression is key.
Christ is in you, has he resurrected in you or are you keeping him buried, if you are why? What good is his power if it’s never seen in you? Who can he heal, touch, forgive, or love if you keep him buried in the fears and dogmas of your own mind. Let the resurrection be seen in you. It can change your life! And, whether you realize it or not, your life needs to change. How can I be so sure? Simple–because the world around you is constantly changing! If you’re not adapting, you’re stagnating. If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.
Maybe you already know some things need to change. Maybe you just aren’t sure where to begin or how to go about making these changes. Perhaps you’re on the right track and just need a little something to give you that extra edge. Even though we’re all in different places in life and have different backgrounds, influences, and challenges, our success boils down to the same thing.
Let me ask you this: What one thing can you change that will change everything? The answer is…YOU.
My passion and mission is to help you identify and change what you need to change, so you can be who you need to be, in order to do what you know you need to do. In reality, every day is resurrection day for those who continue to seek God and walk in God’s Word.