The Blessing of Celebration
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15: 8
I recently attended our sectional council for the Assemblies of God. It has been many years since I had the opportunity to attend due to working a second job. I spoke to a brother I have not seen in years. This brother and his church received a manna like miracle in the near past. A developer purchased their aged church and paid them enough money that they were able to buy land and build a 15, 000 sq. ft. church debt free. Wow!
I asked the brother about the church and told him I was sorry that I couldn’t attend our sectional meeting held there. He said, “That’s ok…not many made it.” The air was definitely out of the balloon.
When a new facility is built a sectional meeting is called so the pastors can see the building and celebrate with their brethren. Over the years I have noticed that size of the church makes a difference. Bigger is not necessarily better but bigger definitely has more influence. Influence gets more attention and celebration. This is not an article to chastise the larger churches. I pastor a small church but willfully rejoice when larger church’s take a step of faith. We are brothers and teammates.
I am writing to remind us that there is a real blessing in celebrating with a person’s in their victory. In the parable of the lost coin Jesus reveals that God rejoices and celebrates the birth of a single person. Think of this for a second; Jesus established the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is big – Millions to billions of people, yet God celebrates the single, small, person who comes into His kingdom. God celebrates the least and the most. We should also celebrate
If you agree with this teaching I want to ask you to do two things.
1 1. Celebrate: When you accomplish a goal. Celebrate! Invite people to join in with you in celebration. When someone accomplishes a milestone. Celebrate with them. Become their cheerleader. When God gives you a miracle. Celebrate! Why? Because God celebrates victories, accomplishments and blessings. There is a time to dance just as their is a time to weep.
2 2. Give the Lord an opportunity to celebrate by sharing the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus taught that all of heaven celebrates when one comes into the Kingdom. Hand a track to someone, share a kind word, whisper a prayer, buy someone lunch. Make God smile by your desire to share the Gospel. Know-one is so small to leave behind. Know-one it to small that God acts ho-hum when they enter His kingdom. God celebrates because He is into blessing. Let’s bless people by celebrating with them.