Let’s Celebrate!

Jun 4, 2013 by

Let’s Celebrate!

This past Saturday, I attended two very special celebrations! One was the Funeral of a 52-year-old friend and the other a Bridal Shower for a 25-year old friend who will spend her life with her husband in missions.

Yes! I said “celebrations” because we – the Children of the Living God – should have more reason to celebrate than anyone else! Even when there is a death” – we celebrate!

Paul wrote to the first century Christians: You must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus” (1Thessalonians.4:13 MSG).  Another version says in that same verse:  “We do not grieve as do the rest who have no hope!”

 “Death got swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? (1Corinthians.15:55.MSG). So we rejoice in the goodness of our God, who triumphantly swallowed up death in the “death of Jesus on the Cross!” And because He lives – We live! There is no “stinger” as we pass from this life into the glorious future where we are fully alive in His Presence and full of joy! (Psalm.16:11).

Now as for the Bridal Showerforgive me but I just have to challenging  your thinking – there might be more “death” in this than one might think. The uniting of two young people whose lives are committed to ministering in the nations is certainly a joyful celebration! But in marriage there is a lot of “dying.

I can truly say that after almost 47-years of marriage, I have had to learn to “die” to myself, my ways, my great ideas, and in dying, I have learned to live more like Christ. He didn’t come here to earth to fulfill “His purpose” – but His Father’s!

Jesus enjoyed Life! And in both His life and His death, fulfilled a greater purpose: He brought Life and Hope to others! His union with the Father made His Life complete and that’s how it is with marriage! We live – not to gratify ourselves – but to bring joy and fulfillment to another! “The goal is to bring out the best in others!”  (Colossians.4:5 MSG).

We have so much to “celebrate”! We have so much for which to live!  Life! Marriage! Children! And, yes, the Glorious “passing” of a loved one who most assuredly is in Christ! So… What can separate us from the Love of God? “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life – “not even marriage” – can separate us from God’s love” (Romans.8:38-39).

So let’s Celebrate!

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them!”(Philippians 4:4-5)
 

Living the Outrageous Life is a life of Celebration – in everything!  ~ Shelia Hart Artt

Today’s blog is in honor of Keith Robert Campbell’s Life … and the Wedding Couple – Andrew Greenplate & Rebekah Davis! We celebrate your lives!

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