Easter 2012 is in the rear view mirror. Sunday was an incredible day in the state of New Hampshire. The reports of places of worship being overflowing has caused all of us to be happy. In our church, twice as many people attended and most of those people came as invited guests. It was a grassroots explosion that can only be explained by God’s Spirit softening hearts and giving us all a passion for our friends and family. I say all of this on the heals of the new Gallup poll that says we are among the least religious state in the country.
While it may be true that going to church on Sunday is not a normal activity here in the Northeast compared to the South or Midwest, I’ve got to believe that something is changing in people’s hearts. If this Easter is any indication, we are seeing something of an awakening take place. Take, for instance, a church in Manchester, NH that held their Easter service in the Verizon Arena. Take, for instance, the many churches that added multiple services throughout the state. And take our own situation where just one year ago we launched a new campus of Grace Capital Church in Laconia…and this Easter over 450 people attended. In challenging people at our church that One Invite Can Change a Life, over 2200 people gathered in one of five different services. This is not normal for NH.
But here’s the main thing…what happens to everyone now that Resurrection Sunday is over and it won’t come again for another 12 months? This is the true test- the power of the gospel and the influence of our story upon others. I’m hoping that no one will be like the two who walked with Jesus on the road and didn’t even recognize Him…that people won’t remain oblivious to Him working and calling and loving them. Instead, like the two at the end of the story, their hearts will burn with His grace and they will respond. Because it’s not enough for Jesus to be alive…He wants to be alive inside of us.
God burns in hearts causing eyes to be open. Everyday.