So, I wrote about celebration in the church and how we should CELEBRATE all that God is doing. (Here’s the link) :-)
I forgot to mention one thing though…
Blogs, twitter and facebook CAN be incredibly discouraging for pastors and church leaders as they monitor what is happening in other churches.
For example, we see where BLANK church had hundreds of salvations, and then we see where another church had the same…and then we look at our services and we had four salvations…and for some reason we are tempted to not celebrate and not let the world know because on the surface it seems insignificant in comparison to what God is doing in other churches…
So, we’ll just stay silent because “four salvations” isn’t as “sexy” as four hundred!
DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT believe that lie!!!
Take a look at Luke 15, ONE sheep was lost, ONE coin was lost, ONE son was lost…and when ONE was found there was a celebration!!!
JESUS Himself said that when ONE sinner repents of his/her ways that the angels CELEBRATE!!!
If the angels celebrate over ONE then the church should as well!!!
Don’t you dare hold back letting the world know because it doesn’t seemingly “measure up!” TELL PEOPLE WHAT GOD HAS DONE! If you went to a funeral and the person in the casket came to life you would not say, “wow, while that was cool it was only one person and so I won’t tell anyone.” HECK NO, you would tell EVERYBODY, “I saw a dead person come to life!” When someone receives Christ that is EXACTLY what happens…they cross over from DEATH to LIFE…CELEBRATE THAT!!!
And for those who preached the Gospel and didn’t actually see anyone accept Christ…CELEBRATE the fact that God’s Word is true and Isaiah 55:8-13 says that God’s Word WILL NOT return void…it WILL take root and there will be fruit whether we get to see it or not.
Don’t hold back!!! Don’t let the world out celebrate us! The world will go crazy in a little over a week because a ball drops and a new year begins…we need to show them HOW to celebrate because sins hold on a persons drops and a NEW LIFE BEGINS!!!