Karen Jordan, Ron Benson

Join the Lazarus Experiment!


Last year, I accepted Ron Benson’s invitation to join his Lazarus Experiment on Facebook. And I’m taking Ron’s challenge again this year. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to join us this year.

What is the Lazarus Experiment

The Lazarus Experiment simply asks, “How would Lazarus live differently once he’d been called out of the grave?”

Lazarus gives us all a picture of our own new life in Jesus. We’ve been called out of death into life. But are we really living as if it happened? Do we live like Laz?

So, for forty days, the Lazarus Experiment challenge is to do ONE THING EVERY DAY that is distinctively Lazarus-like.

  • One thing that sets your life apart from the average Joe.
  • One thing that says to whoever is looking, “I’m alive! Oh yes, I am!”

We share our experiences within the Lazarus Experiment Facebook group.

Here is a way to start thinking about the forty things you will do. They need to be …

  • Intentional. The more active and out of the normal they are, the better. Don’t be passive about it, and don’t simply come to the end of a day and say, “Well, I noticed a flower blooming today.” Instead, make a plan, or do something spontaneously outrageous, but go out of your way to do it.
  • Generous. Really – would Lazarus scrimp? Would Lazarus hold back? Would Lazarus try to expend as little energy or time or resources as possible to just get by? I don’t think so. Let’s shoot for big stuff.
  • Bold. When Lazarus gave Mary and Martha a hug (after a good long shower), do you think it was a gentle little squeeze? Whatever you do, do it as if Jesus had just pulled you up out of the pit.

If you want to join in on the Lazarus Experiment, please plan on checking in to the group page everyday. Post what you’re doing. Post about how God may be working in your life. Ask for help, if you need it.

Another reason to check the group page: Every day you will find an encouragement, quote, song, or motivation. This will give you ideas and thoughtful direction for your Lazarus Experiment.

Be sure to share this post and the Lazarus Experiment with a friend. You can invite friends to join us at any time during the forty days, but getting started from day one is the best! Let everyone know what you’re doing!


Ron Benson loves life, but often finds himself living as if he were a dead man. He is grateful to a loving family who keeps him awake, and to a church that reminds him how to really live. He writes and pastors from Freeland, Michigan.

If you want to know more about Ron Benson and his Lazarus Experiment, be sure to check out his article, “What Would Lazarus Do?” in The Plain Truth.

Have you joined the Lazarus Experiment? If so, please leave a comment below, telling us about your experience. If you plan to join, be sure to leave a comment, too. We’d love to hear from you!




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