A post from several years ago about celebrating Christ.
3So he told them this parable: 4“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just 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 15:3-7
A couple of summers ago I was reading the Sunday Dallas Morning News when I came across one of the most intriguing things I have ever seen in the paper. It was in the section where they put the wedding and birth announcements and that sort of thing. This was an announcement unlike any others though. It was for a young girl, and it was announcing her upcoming baptism. It told of how she had recently put her faith in Christ and invited all who could to come and join her biological family and church family in celebrating this with her as she publicly dedicated her life to God by following Christ in baptism.
I think it is human nature to enjoy to party and to celebrate things. My planner lists fifty-one different holidays. I think it would be a safe assumption to say most of us know at least ten people, including ourselves, with whom we celebrate a birthday. That means we could literally have an entire two months of celebrating each year, and this not even taking into consideration weddings, office parties, and other events. I know we can find many reasons for a party. A promotion at work, a new apartment or house, a two week anniversary since a first date. Yes there are a multitude of reasons we can celebrate and enjoy life. We like to have fun and this is a good thing.
Jesus says this shepherd celebrates the finding of the lost sheep, then He goes on to say there will be much more rejoicing than this over one who was lost and comes back to God. We need to grasp this truth! We need to embrace this rejoicing and celebrating side of life. Too often we, as Christians, come across as dry, stale, and boring. We are seen as having no fun. We should be the people having the most fun in life. I am not saying that we should neglect our commands to love others as Christ has loved us, or to tell them about Christ. Rather, I am saying that we should do so joyfully. Not the forced type of joy either. Not the smile through gritted teeth. We children of God should be happy and should let His love spill out of our lives in a sense of pleasure.
Today I urge you to celebrate life. Spend some time with family and friends laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Listen to some good music and dance. Watch the sunset or sunrise. Sit outside and look for shooting stars. Plan a party for this weekend. Do something that celebrates the life God has given you.