Saturday, November 20, 2010

Celebrate God, Not Seasons

As we enter the last quiet weekend before we celebrate the "holiday season," I just want to take a few moments to urge you to purpose it in your hearts to make sure we keep God as the center of our celebrations.  Make that commitment now before things get too hectic. 

I was thinking today that we tend to celebrate the season more than we do our God.  Thanksgiving is more about fall than about giving thanks to God.  Christmas is more about snow and winter scenery than it is about Jesus. Easter is more about Spring than it is about the birth of Christ.  I know we all keep God as some part of it, but more and more, year after year, God is less and less of a part of those days for us.  I tell you what, the Pilgrims did not watch football as they celebrated the first Thanksgiving.  It did not snow in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.  There was no egg-laying bunny anywhere near the empty tomb of Jesus on the first Resurrection Day.  

So this year and next as the holidays come and go, please do not lose sight of the God we are supposed to be celebrating at those times.  Do not make Him an afterthought or just fit Him in somewhere in your celebrations.  I say do not even make Him an important part of your celebration.  No, we need to make God the absolute centerpiece of our celebrations.  All we do on those days needs to be a celebration of all He has done for us.  

If there was no God, we would have nothing to be thankful for this week.  If there were no Jesus born in Bethlehem, Santa Clause would have just been some guy named Nicholas who lived some time in Germany.  If there were no resurrection, there would be no hope for us.  If there were no Good Friday, there would be no payment for our sins.  Let's make all our days set apart unto the Lord and if any day we must celebrate, let us celebrate what God has done for us.  
A Psalm of Thanksgiving. MAKE a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 
Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  
Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100 NKJV

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