More, a lot more
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.
Easter morning is all about a new understanding of life itself. We are invited to discover that dust can take on a new kind of glory. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives our personal history a new meaning. The past has been redeemed and the future, our future, is being remade. We must no longer live in fear. Trouble will come, disappointments will be encountered and anxiety will rise in our hearts. Our minds will still be filled from time to time with days of worry and frustration.
But one thing we know to be true - we are being called to “live in Christ”, to allow the power of the resurrection to begin to turn our mindset from fear to love, from doubt to faith, from defeat to hope. This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said, ‘If anyone is in Christ they become a new creation.’ The real meaning of the creation story is - We are more, a lot more, than dust.
We worship You
Death has not defeated You
The grave could not hold You in silence
Your breath, Your voice, Your word,
Is reshaping creation
Reset our minds - speak our names also
Meet us today as You once met Mary
Speak into our lives and hearts
Redeem our life stories
Bring about our resurrections to new life and new beginnings
Remove from our minds all that is unworthy to which we cling
Remove from our hearts redundant relationships that still haunt and debilitate us
Remove tired habits that control and manipulate us
The fruitless longings that make us weary
Resurrect within us a new longing
To live for peace
To walk with Joy
And to speak with love
Bring your new creation into our lives
Roll our stone away