He Gives Us Reasons To Celebrate
For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matt 5:45b. Everyone, no matter if they live a righteous, or an evil life, has good and bad days. We all have days when we feel on top of the world and want to celebrate, and we have those days when we feel hopeless.
God’s Word teaches us that as Christians, we have reason to celebrate in time of heartache, to celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ and to celebrate our future inheritance waiting for us in Heaven. “Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelations of Jesus Christ.”-1 Peter 1:5-7
As a Christian, I can learn to celebrate heartaches. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”-Psalm 23:4 In this world there are heartaches, frustrations, disappointments and pain. My family has dealt with many sicknesses. I’m sure that every family has dealt with things like my family has. Even though it may not have been health problems, we all have troubles and they are always very difficult. But what I have learned is everything He does is for some reason that maybe we do not always see right away. Sometimes why we go through pain and problems is because God wants us to be closer to Him and He wants us to be stronger in our Christianity.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Even when we are going through struggles we have something to celebrate about because we have a wonderful Savior who is going to bring us to the amazing and perfect Heaven where there will be no pain and sorrows. So it does not matter what happens in this life because even if we go through rough times we can try to see it as a time to get closer to God and to just trust in Him because He knows everything that is ever going to happen to us.
As a Christian I must learn to celebrate and share our hope. “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”-1 Peter 3:15 Why do we as Christians read these scriptures and not share the hope we have in Jesus with everyone we know? That is something I find myself often dealing with. Everyone deserves a chance at a wonderful inheritance just like we are getting. Like it says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” He died for everyone who believes in Him & will obey His commandments.
Have you ever noticed how excited a newborn babe is after they have put on Christ? They want to celebrate their new birth, praise God and share their joy with everyone! Recently, my sister, Anna, was baptized into Christ at 1 am and then afterwards we stayed up with her and just sang praises to our God together. It was a joyous occasion. We celebrated our hope that we have in Jesus. Isn’t it wonderful being in the Lord’s family?! Shouldn’t we always want to share and celebrate this?
As a Christian, I have the privilege of celebrating my future inheritance waiting for me in Heaven. Really, could there be a better reason to celebrate than Heaven? And the Great Day that the Lord comes back for us will be the most wonderful celebration we will ever know. Not only that, this celebration will never end! “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thess. 4:16-17
One of the most exciting songs celebrating Heaven says, “Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, Sing His mercy and His grace. In the mansions bright and blessed, He’ll prepare for us a place. When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, We’ll sing and shout the victory!” (When We All Get to Heaven)
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Cor 15:51-52
Life for the Christian is a joyous celebration. Heartaches turn to hope, and our hope will one day be realized forever in Heaven. 1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you.”
By Abby Warnes
Printed in the 2012 Summer Issue of N5V3