So Easter has come and gone. Now what?!
Now . . . what an opportunity we have to reflect His glory and share the Good News of Jesus!
Jesus changes our relationships and ministry. And in all honesty, this statement is redundant because our relationships are our ministry. And our ministry is our relationships. We have the opportunity to reflect Jesus in each interaction and relationship the Lord has provided.
We are all ministers as followers of Jesus Christ. (Again, if you are on the fence about following Jesus and believing in all Easter embodies, please comment at the end of this text. I’d be honored to listen to your story and your thoughts around it all.). For those of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus, listen up! It’s time to remove the veil and burn bright!
The ‘veil’ I’m referring to was present from the very beginning. The moment Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, a veil was created between God and man. This veil separated people from the Lord because our sin separated us from His holiness and glory.
Even when Moses had the honor of talking to the Lord face-to-face, he had to cover his face with a veil when interacting with everyone else because his face shown too brightly with the glory of the Lord. When the Lord gave Moses the instructions for building the Tabernacle, the veil or curtain was hung to separate the priests from the ‘Holy of Holies’, the residing place of our God. And this veil remained until Jesus.
The veil in the Holy of Holies was torn in two . . .
The veil was destroyed. All that separated man from the Lord was removed. Thanks to His torture and death on the cross (which Hebrews refers to as the ‘joy set before Him’) and the resurrection that followed, we can now draw near to Him and have the Holy Spirit dwell within us. We can worship in Spirit and in truth as our relationship with Jesus is real and near. (John 4:24) The Lord gives us freedom from sin and shame!
While Jesus overcame death and all evil by dying on the cross, our enemy clings to all the veil represents and continues to try to shade His glory. Just like in the Garden of Eden, our shame and the lies that follow continue to separate us from His freedom.
So my question for you is, as we move forward from Easter, to what veil are you clinging? What lies are you believing? What shame are you carrying?
As we worship in Sprit and TRUTH, we much replace the shame and lies of the veil with His truth. And share this TRUTH with others! In relationships, the veil is torn as well! Let’s go deeper in relationships, being real and authentic with each other. There’s no need to hide because Jesus changes everything!
Jesus changes our relationships and our ministry by calling us to be mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Himself! I love how being a reflection doesn’t take effort. Burning bright doesn’t take effort. It’s only an act of surrender. and obedience. The word ‘transfigured’ in the scripture above is the same Hebrew word found in Romans 12:2, being transfigured or transformed by the renewing of our mind. This verse follows the powerful statement of our call to be a living sacrifice.
While this might sound crazy in regards to ‘transfigured’ and ‘living sacrifice’, I challenge you to reflect on the results of your own efforts. And your perception of ‘religion’. Are you tired?
Think about what veil of shame or lies you are unintentionally clinging to now. And how you can replace this veil with the truth that Jesus has set you free.
So as we move forward from Easter 2023, let’s not give the ‘god of this age’ the opportunity to hinder His light. The veil is torn. While there is plenty of darkness around us, we choose to ‘let light shine out of darkness’ and share His hope, freedom, and joy with all the relationships the Lord has provided. This is our ministry! Let’s burn bright, better together!