What you celebrate, you value. And what you value, you perpetuate.
In times of spiritual fervor and seasons where the Lord’s work is evident, we should sit and celebrate. When we get to witness story after story of death to life in our church, we should celebrate. When we realize that we are a redeemed people and recognize that Christ has rescued us from the power sin, we should celebrate.
The more you rejoice in God’s work, the more you learn to see His hand in everything, in times of joy and times of suffering. The seasons of plenty and of rejoicing should be what sustain us in times of need. If we are able to remember God’s faithfulness when life seems easy – when it may be easy to forget God - then our hearts are trained to look to His faithfulness when it seems less evident or present, when we feel far from Him or spiritually dry.
Even in the midst of reflection and gratitude, our worship of God should create in us a desire to see others worship Him as he ought to be worshiped. To quote John Piper, “missions exist because worship doesn’t.” Therefore, in times where we are compelled to worship Jesus because we are grateful for His work, we must let that also propel us toward a life of mission.
If we are really so grateful for the way our hearts and lives have been transformed by the saving grace of a merciful God, that ought to fill us with a passion for others to experience the same truth. May we never become complacent, for there is always more work to be done. There are always more lives that need to be changed by the gospel.
Not only does our recognition of God’s work before men communicate truth to the lost, it also brings other saints into worship of our Savior. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Sharing in the celebration means sharing what God has done.
It means sharing your story.
Mark Driscoll writes, “God’s people gather because, in the depths of their regenerated nature, the Holy Spirit gives them deep desires to worship God with his people. We want to see God’s people, we want to hear of God’s work in their lives, we want to know of ways we can lovingly serve them, and we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves that reaches beyond the mundane details of life and connects us all together despite our differences in age, race, gender, and income to seek and celebrate evidences of God’s grace.”
Celebration is important, because it imprints on our hearts the things that we value most. If we practice celebrating good things we will become better at consistently celebrating God’s work, even through seasons of hardship. May we be a people who cling desperately to the cross, and hold unfailingly onto the hope it gives. Let us worship God in all things, and bring glory to His name.