Celebration

As we continue our Lenten journey this year with a look at many spiritual disciplines that help us grow a deeper walk with Jesus Christ, today we turn our attention to the discipline of Celebration. That’s right – celebration is a spiritual discipline. God calls us to celebrate Christian living with a remembrance of God’s great gift of salvation; remembering both the scriptural act of crucifixion and resurrection along with our own moments of faith when we felt our hearts purely and strangely warmed. For some, it is remembering a “born again” experience, or a time of healing, or perhaps a time of when a broken relationship between two people becomes reconciled. God calls us to rejoice, even in the moment of death. Why? Because as Paul said in I Corinthians 15 … 55″Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.

 

Celebration is important, for this is where our joy can be found, but how do we get this joy, the joy that calls us to celebrate, even in hard moments? It comes from Christ, yes, but it is given in obedience. Richard Foster, in his book, Celebration of Disciplinesays, “In the spiritual life only one thing will produce genuine joy, and that is obedience.” And the old hymn scripts it best when it says, “there is no other way to be happy than to trust and obey.”

 

Foster then goes on to quote Hannah Whitall Smith’s classic, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life,” has a chapter entitled, “The Joy of Obedience.” In it she writes, “Joy comes through obedience to Christ, and joy results from obedience to Christ. Without obedience, joy is hollow and artificial.” Want more joy on your journey. Trust and obey.