Easter is the center of the Christian faith.
Without the Passover death of the Lamb of God, we have no way to be forgiven for our sins and are thus eternally separated from God. But this offered gift of love must be individually accepted by each person, and it involves relationship.
I recognized a picture of this today in my interaction with my dog, Terabyte. I was eating dinner and Terabyte was begging. She would put her front feet on my leg and lean toward my food to get a good sniff. The problem is that Terabyte doesn’t like to show me love. She doesn’t like to be held. She doesn’t like to be touched. She doesn’t like to snuggle. She has no interest in playing doggy games like Fetch. But she has no shame about asking me to give her good gifts from my plate, even when she just finished her own food. My joking reply to her begging is to say, “Hello, do I know you?” I tell her this because our relationship is only one way… she wants things from me but will not give me anything in return.
But we humans do this same thing to God. We regularly and frantically ask for blessings and for answers to prayers, but we are not as diligent about acting in a way that makes God happy.
What is your relationship with God like? Is it a one-way street? When we die and appear before God, will he say “Well done, good and faithful servant” or will he say “Hello, do I know you?”
Lynellen Perry is President of Chalfont House (www.ChalfontHouse.com), and its fiction imprint HopeSprings Books (www.HopeSpringsBooks.com). She serves as the Mid-Atlantic Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the Treasurer for the ACFW Virginia Chapter. She loves spending girlfriend time as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant (www.MaryKay.com/lynellen). Lynellen has a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Software Systems Engineering, and a PhD in Computer Science. She writes the monthly column “Publishing Perspectives” at www.AlmostAnAuthor.com. She also creates and sells machine embroidery and embroidery designs at www.etsy.com/shop/lynellenLynellen Perry is the President of Chalfont House Publishing and HopeSprings Books.