DayBreaks for 12/13/16: The Feast Will be Eaten
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
It is Christmas season! Do you feel any of the excitement yet? I do! I don’t usually get excited about Christmas until much closer to the holidays (this is a busy time of the year for pastors, after all!), but for some reason, the joy of Christmas has gotten to me early! I’m not sure why, but I suspect that some of it may be because of a book I just recently finished reading (you’ll hear more about that in the future!) that has awakened me much more to the Presence of Christ – not just at Christmas – but at all times in my life as a believer. Still, I could choose to be a bah-humbug about it all if I wished to do so. But that’s not the choice I’ve decided to make.
Choices are so critical in all aspects of our life. Some are choices about what to do, and those are the kind that we think of the most: where to live, what to do for a living, what to eat for dinner, what to wear. It would probably be astounding to know how many decisions a day that we make. Most of them are insignificant, but there are some doozies every now and then, too.
But the choices that perhaps have a lot more to do with what and who we are very seldom are about things that we do, but about how we choose to see and respond to life. We seldom consider that we can choose to be grateful or complainers, grumpy or joy-filled, loving or bitter. N. T. Wright, in Evil and the Justice of God, wrote: “Indeed, throughout the new Testament we are constantly warned that the choices we make in this life, especially the choices about what sort of person we might become, are real and have lasting consequences which God himself will honor. But we do not have the choice to sulk in such a way as to prevent God’s party going ahead without us. We have the right, like the older brother, to sit it out; God has the right to come and reason with us; but the fatted calf is going to be eaten whether we join in or not.”
You can choose your attitude and how you respond to both the good and bad of life. Much of it has to do with your confidence and trust in God and whether or not you believe He knows what He’s doing in, through and with your life. You KNOW that God wants you to be filled with the joy of being His child, and He wants you to be infectious with that joy and love. What will you choose? Will you join in the party, or will you sit by yourself, bitter and disgruntled? God’s feast is prepared, the door is open, the music is playing. Are you read to join in the celebration?
PRAYER: How Your joy fills us, Lord! Make our hearts thankful, joyful, loving and excited to be Your children. Give us Your Spirit of love and peace so that we can share it with others and begin, here and now, to celebrate the feast of life that we have in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2016 by Galen Dalrymple.