I received an email this morning letting me know that today is “National Coffee Day.” How could I not know that? I do not know how many places are actually giving away any free coffee but I am sure that they would be glad for many people to buy their coffee.
There are many national holidays in our country. Today is not a national holiday but the retail industry has been able to add many types of celebrations to our calendar so that were it possible to know we might discover that there is a celebration of some kind, somewhere that would fill every calendar day of the year.
The fact is, as people we love celebrations! From a Biblical standpoint for believers we should “rejoice with those that rejoice.” We find in the Old Testament that there were many celebrations throughout the year. Their calendar included but was not limited to the Feast of Tabernacles, Day of Atonement, Feast of Weeks, Passover and others. They celebrated the Sabbath weekly. They made a big celebration of weddings.
As a nation we have many celebrations including some that are national and reflective and days that honor others and historical events, etc.
Celebrations bring joy and delight. There is unity as many gather around a common theme. There are memories and in our day and age there are numerous pictures.
As believers we have much to celebrate. We begin our week with a celebration as we meet together to worship the Lord on Sunday. Sunday should be a day of celebration not a day to begrudge having to go to church when you could be doing something else. It should not be a day of selfish thinking and personal agendas. It should not be about “me” at all. It should be the day of the week when I desire to be unselfish and sacrificial. It should be the day when I am committed to focusing on God. It should be the day that I seek to more fully understand the Word of God and how I can obey it. Sunday should be a day to celebrate what it means to be in Christ. A day to celebrate our salvation. A celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. A day to give ourselves to a greater depth of what it means for Jesus to be Lord over all in our lives.
Sunday should be a time of hungering and thirsting after righteousness. It should be a day of giving thanks to God and praising Him. Sunday should be the day that we humble ourselves before our great God. It should be a day of loving God and our neighbor. Sunday should be a day of the week that we anticipate and look forward to. It should be a time when we as believers who are brothers and sisters corporately meet together and offer ourselves to God and worship Him with our whole being so that we can love Him and serve Him acceptably every day the rest of the week.
Is Sunday a celebration for you as you come to church?
A good pattern is what we find in I Chron. 16:23-31 as David gives thanks to the Lord:
Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
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