This is the conclusion to the Celebration of Disciplines series…
Why is it that some people think Christianity is boring and dull? That Christians don’t laugh or have fun? That to be Christian means to avoid joy? This is clearly not found in the Word of God.
I am not saying that there aren’t times to be somber and serious… there are. But there are also times to have fun and celebrate! To let loose and party. Not necessarily the type of partying that some may think of today with loads of alcohol or drugs, or doing things that are contrary to Scripture, but letting our hair down a little and finding joy in the Lord.
King David, someone God called “a man after his own heart (Acts 13:22),” had times of celebration. Originally he failed miserably to bring the ark to Jerusalem. But when he finally did it right, he celebrated, and all of Israel with him.
“So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouts, with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.”1 Chron. 15:28-29 NIV
David was dancing and celebrating. And there is a place for us to do this as well. As we are filled with the joy of the Lord (a fruit of the Spirit – Gal 5:22-23), it is ok for us to celebrate!
This idea of rejoicing in the Lord is rooted in scripture.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”Phil. 4:4 NIV
We rejoice in the Lord always, because no matter what is going on in our lives, and no matter what is going on in the world, God has done everything to make us right with Him. He paid the price when He died on the cross. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1) because they know Christ’s death paid the penalty for their sins. No matter what happens in this life, He is always with us, and our eternity is secure when we trust in Him.
And because of this, we can even find joy in the trials we face…
As we look around us today, we might find it hard to celebrate. Maybe things aren’t going well right now. But in Jesus we can find joy in all circumstances because we know how things are going to end. Our victory in Jesus is secure if put our trust in Him.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”James 1:2-3 NIV