You know when the server walks by with a tray of food, and you catch yourself longingly following the plates and wishing they were yours?
Or how about when you are observing a crowd of people sharing deep conversation or rousing laughter?
Have you found yourself wondering or wishing if you could have what they are having?.
We are all born with a desire to belong to an inner circle of knowing. Fellowship is built on closely held beliefs, shared experience, and deep convictions. If you are blessed, you’ve been a part of an inner circle once or twice & you know what I’m talking about.
And I have great news-If you are a Christ-follower, you are forever intertwined with one of the best inner circles available.
And when you indulge in our God-given reasons for celebration, it attracts others. They will want what you are having.
Our hope, joy, and security are meant to be shared with a world in dire need.
Two-thousand years ago, as shepherds encamped on a quiet hillside under a cloudless night, received astonishing news from heavenly angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Without hesitation, they made their way to Bethlehem to see if what they had been told was true.
“Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Sure enough, their eyes confirmed what their ears had heard from the heavenly hosts. And though weary from their travels and often snubbed by others, they unashamedly shared what they had seen. With wholehearted enthusiasm, they spread their amazement and hope.
Our joy invites curiosity from others and may open doors that otherwise might be closed. This is the fruit of celebration.
Would you join me in telling our good news to others?
Lord, may we celebrate the fullness of the hope we have in Christ, our Savior. May our joy be radiant and attractive to others, unlocking hearts to receive the good news of salvation.