As we look forward to celebrating Easter this Sunday, my thoughts have turned toward the resurrection.
I love celebrating holidays and sometimes I can get carried away with the frills and fun. I like to plan Easter outfits, maybe even matchy-matchy ones, since my 9-year-old hasn’t yet complained about that. Although, I feel like this might be the last year she happily agrees to do matching outfits, now that she is entering that tween phase.
I am also a foodie at heart and I love putting together a festive menu and baking a tall, extra spicy carrot cake. I will scour the internet with my kids to see what table decorations they think would be fun (and hopefully easy to implement!). And then, of course, we love to dye eggs and set them out as decorations. We also love to make these very simple resurrection rolls together. While we make them, we talk about the resurrection.
If you have never made these rolls, they are simple and fun. A marshmallow (which represents Jesus) is buried in the roll (which represents burial cloths), and then baked in the oven (which represents the tomb). When I first made them with my oldest daughter, who was three at the time, she eagerly opened her roll when it came out of the oven and saw the empty space inside (because the marshmallow melts; it’s supposed to be a great visual representation of an empty tomb). I said to her, “Look! Jesus is not there any more? What happened?” She replied, “Oh no! He melted!”
So, that’s just to say that sometimes when you envision having deep, thoughtful conversations with your child, the object lessons sometimes fall flat.
But speaking of the resurrection, that’s the crux of what I wanted to talk about today. All of the stuff I just mentioned above is super fun, and some of it is very symbolic—unless your child decides that maybe Jesus melted—but it’s not the main point. The main point is that Christ rose from the dead.
Easter is deeply significant to me as a Christian. Without the resurrection, my faith is futile. It was only when Christ rose from the dead and conquered death, that his work was completed.
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. … But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead.” 1 Cor. 15:17, 20 (ESV)
He is Risen! He has done the work on our behalf. We are forgiven. This truth should impact us every day, in all we do.
But how does this relate to homeschooling? Not all homeschoolers are religious people. There are a variety of reasons that people homeschool their children. In fact, there are a variety of reasons that I personally homeschool my children. But something that definitely motivates me to homeschool is my faith. I want the extra time with my children to mentor them and impact them for Christ.
Toward the end of that same chapter (1 Corinthians 15), fresh on the heels of speaking at length about the resurrection of Christ, the apostle Paul admonishes us to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58, ESV).
As a homeschooling parent, what is the work that I do for the Lord? The “work of the Lord” that I engage in, every day, involves showing God’s love to my children and pointing them to Christ. My labor for the Lord is to teach my children truth and pass on my faith.
This work is not futile. This work is not in vain. Why? Because our faith is not in vain. And the reason our faith is not in vain is because of the resurrection.
Easter is very significant to me, in my work for the Lord, as a homeschooling mom.
I pray that you are encouraged in your work for God today. What you are doing is significant.
He is Risen!
Photo Credit: First and third photo taken and designed by Charity Klicka; second photo taken by Amy Koons, edited by Charity Klicka.