ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE LORD'S DAY?
|by: Brent Smith, The Harvester|
It was on the first day of the week that Christains assembled together to eat the Lord's Supper and to worship God (Acts 20:7). Although Christains were in the habit of fellowshipping and praying together on a daily basis (Acts 2:46), there was a special anticipation of each coming Sunday ( Hebrews 10:25). It was on that day yhat they remembered and proclaimed that the Lord arose victoriously from the grave, conquering death ( John 20:1ff). In keeping with the instruction of Jesus, When Christains eat the bread and drink the fruit of the vine, they remember the sacrificial body and the shed blood of their Savior ( 1 Corinthians 11:23 - 29). When Christians assemble on the first day of the week, encourage one another, they worship thier Creator, they express thanksgiving for their soul's salvation and eternal hope, and they meditate on the two greatest days in time: the resurrection Sunday and Christ's final coming.
"Get up kids, we have to go to church today." "If we get through it we will go out to eat for lunch." "Yes! We are getting done with worship 10 minutes early!" Oh no. The preacher is still going and we have already been here an hour." Any of these statements or thoughts sound familiar? Perhaps everyone can relate to having felt this way once in their life, but we need to be careful. Our attitude toward this special day each week says so much about where we are spiritually. It can reveal us to be very self-centered, carnal, shallow. It can also be devastating to church morale. One the other hand, if my attitude is right toward the 1st day of the week, it will manifast itself positively in my life and it will help others as well. Parents, especially, can affect the way their children will view the assembly of the saints for the rest of their lives Ira North reportedly said, "Enthusiasm is a powerful as dynamiteand as contagious as chickenpox!" So let us be enthusiastic about Sundays!