In racing we get to see some great celebrations. The big win, the first win, the last win, the hard fought come from behind win, the small under-funded team out of nowhere win. The list can go on. Every win should be special because they come at a cost and they don’t come often for many teams. We don’t see dominant 50 plus win seasons any more.
In life we celebrate too. They can be over different things in the family, at work, in sports, in the class room etc… Those celebrations should be special and meaningful. If we start to fake celebrate we will get really pointless.
I say all of this so that we would take a moment and think of two celebrations we see in the Bible:
1 Corinthians 5:8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
We see God calls for celebrations but He does want us to be careful. They cannot be self –centered and they cannot be rich man events if you know what I mean. They should be celebration of what God has done, not what man has accomplished. We see God instructed the Israelites to have many celebrations but each one had purpose. Each one pointed back to the LORD. Look at those last two words, “sincerity” and “truth”. As we have studied in Proverbs God points to the importance of truth throughout our life. Every facet of your life and my life should be filled with truth. Is it?
As we think about celebrations Christmas is a great one. It is reflecting and thinking about the birth of Christ Jesus and the impact in this world, more importantly the impact on each one of our lives. Stop and really think about that right now.
Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Luke 15:10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Second thing I think about as I think about celebrations from a Biblical view is the celebration that goes on in Heaven each time a person is saved. What a great thing to think about right now. Do you know that day? Have you had the day of salvation, the day you turned your life over to God for His control. The day you confessed to being a sinner. The day you said with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD”. The day your surrendered to Him as LORD. The day you repented. I hope you have but maybe you have not. Right now would be a great time and day to stop and get serious with the LORD and cry out to Him. That first Christmas as a believer is unlike any other. I remember the intense sense of love that God really had for me in sending His Son. The truth became clear and meaningful.
So as we come to Christmas I hope you know this truth and you celebrate.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd and family