One of the privileges we carry as Christians is the art of celebration. And I say art because it’s much more of a skill that we hone over time than a natural gift we’re born with. The fact is, we’re born jealous, so celebrating others who are living through an experience greater than our own is contrary to our first nature. Yet it’s in this mystery of celebration that we position ourselves to receive our own experience.
Jesus shares this deeply profound yet shockingly simple Kingdom principal in Luke 16:12: “And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who will give you that which is your own?”
Often this scripture is used in the context of finances or physical possessions, which are both sound applications. But it also applies to the mental, emotional, spiritual and experiential aspects of our lives. Until we’re able to truly celebrate the seasons of those around, we can not expect to enter a similar season; such nearsightedness is the very issue Jesus was trying to address.
Sometimes it’s hard to find virtuous thing to celebrate in the midst of cultures that may promote godlessness, whether those cultures be individual family units or national communities. But there’s something there worth celebrating; the superior question is will we hunt for it? Because this is how Jesus approached his arrival on earth: surrounded by immorality and godlessness, yet poised to love the hell out of humanity, celebrating who he envisioned us to be.
The big takeaway for us as New Lifers is to look for and celebrate everything we see the Holy Spirit doing. Whether He’s at work healing in an instant or doing so over time, saving today or carefully plodding over decades, redeeming an investment day-one or stretching it out over a long-term plan, we must be a people that recognize His handiwork and honor His activity at whatever stage He’s choosing to operate in.
Look at the life of someone around you today, look for the evidence of God in their lives (trust me, He’s there), and celebrate. You’ll be happy you did; so will your future.
Congratulations to my very dear friends Joseph and Ciara Gilchrist. Jennifer and I are honored to be a part of your lives, and to have had the distinct privilege of marrying you both today. I love you “forever and always.”