Last Sunday, we greeted each other with the joyous Easter couplet: “He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” As I heard it – and participated in it – throughout the day, I began to separate that last word into two, and consider that Jesus has risen indeed, but also has risen in deed: He is risen in fact, but is also risen as part of His work here on Earth, to show us the glory and majesty of His power over death.

So, if we are His Easter people indeed, are we His Easter people in deed? Are we doing the work that affirms the truth, that shares the Good News with those that need to hear it?

That beautiful and heartfelt work was being done in abundance on Easter morning – by the choirs of all ages who filled our church with sounds of joy, by the musicians who lifted our hearts with their music, by Pastor’s proclamations and uplifting message, by the Outreach Committee as they served breakfast three times so that everyone had an opportunity to partake of food and fellowship.

But did the deeds stop when we left church? Did we carry the urgent and uplifting message of our resurrected Lord home with us as we sat down to our Easter dinners? Monday morning, was the desire to share and to serve still there, as we enjoyed spring break or returned to our work? A week later, are we still on fire for the Lord, as eager to serve Him as we are to praise Him?

If we are to truly follow Jesus, we must follow him indeed and in deed, every day. We must commit our hearts and our hands to His Kingdom, working every day to love Him and to love each other, to lift Him up in praise and lift each other up in dedication, to serve Him and serve each other without reservation.

He is risen indeed. Let us rise with him in deed.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

Matthew 7:21-23