“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Someone pulled me aside, “Pastor, now that Easter’s over, what’s next?” Wait a minute. Easter isn’t supposed to be over; it’s just getting started! The resurrected life Jesus made available should have the church overflowing!

Was your week any different after you celebrated Resurrection Sunday? Did the news, “Jesus is alive,” impact your routine? It’s supposed to be different.
For many, our routine consists of rising to a cup of coffee and rushing to get ready for work. The kids have to be awakened, dressed, fed, their homework gathered and taken to school. Then we rush off to our employment. Once the work day is done, we face rush hour traffic, the kids get picked up, have them do their homework as we do the evening chores, pay bills, get dinner prepared, finish any work brought home…spend an hour checking Facebook, then we collapse into bed to start it all over again the next day.

Rather than settling into the same old routine, we need to launch into the resurrection routine! Jesus offers a different way to do life. First, we make the conscious choice to invite Jesus into our day. Instead of giving Him the leftovers of the day, we start with His empowerment: “His mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). It’s reading a chapter of the Bible a day, a time praying over the family and the day ahead, offering Him ourselves. What might you want to show me or to whom might you want me to show you? Then as we encounter problems at work or with our lives, we hand them over to God knowing He promises to answer our prayers and care for us. At the end of the day, we pray over the children, bless our spouse, and share of our spiritual life with others. It’s the routine of having God intertwined into every part of the day.

Adapted from “The Resurrection Routine” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis