Easter is almost here! And, at Easter (just like Christmas), people are more spiritually “in tune.” This dynamic is true for both Christians and non-Christians. As Christ followers, we would be remiss not to leverage this activity. As you pray and think about how to show God’s love in practical ways this Easter, you’ll find that God often gives you creative ways to communicate with people about how they can follow Jesus.
Make the invite
Invite your friend to your small group, to a neighborhood Bible study, or to a special event, like your church's Easter Services. Non-Christians are more open to coming to an Easter service than at other times of the year. So, invite them! Help them connect in contexts where they can hear the good news of Christ's love for them.
Plan simple get-togethers
Give Easter baskets to your friends/neighbors
Remember the thrill of getting an Easter basket as a kid? Create a basket for a non-Christian friend/neighbor, but in addition to the perfunctory Peeps and Skittles, add a book or DVD that focuses on the first Easter. Consider one of these offerings from The JESUS Film Project: The Story of Jesus for Children, JESUS: Fact or Fiction, Magdalena: Through Her Eyes.
Host a spring family festival in your neighborhood
Before Easter Sunday, host a spring family festival. Plan an Easter egg hunt for the neighborhood kids, set up an inflatable or two, grill hot dogs, have music playing, play games, etc. Share the parable of the empty egg (representing the empty tomb), and use this event to introduce your neighborhood to Christ. If you know other Christ-followers in your neighborhood, partner together and ask them to help your family put on this spring festival.
Tell your story & His story
Listen to their story and don’t be afraid to tell yours. Share your personal testimony as God gives you the opportunity. Then, share His story! Remember, His story will save them, not yours. Let the Lord’s light in your life shine freely so that He may draw people to himself!
What about you? What are your plans, or what are other ideas to care for neighbors this Easter?