Day 6: First Things First

On the first day of the week, they gathered together to break bread."

Acts 20:7, NIV

 

Every year, there is a "special" Sunday in America. Sometimes a "special" holiday will fall on Sunday.Sometimes a "special" birthday or anniversary. If you were to ask most people near the end of football season what day it is, they will tell you that it is a very "special" Sunday indeed: Super Bowl Sunday. That will be a special day to get together and cap off the season by crowning a football champion. It will be a day to get together with friends and have a good time. That good time will mean lots of beer for some, lots of questionable entertainment in the way of certain commercials for some... and maybe a decision for some to miss the worship since it will be such a "special" Sunday.

 

If you were to ask God, what that day was, how do you think that He would reply? I doubt very seriously if He minds our enjoying ourselves by watching a football game, but I also doubt very seriously if He approves of how so many are watching the game. I don't think that He would approve of the drinking or of some of the content in some of the commercials that so many seem to look forward to. I know that He wouldn't approve of the forsaking of the assembling together of His special day of worship - even if it does conflict with our "special" Sunday. 

 

As to His answer on what day it is on any such "special" Sunday, I think I know the answer to that: It is the first day of the week. A day that God Himself has set aside for worshiping Him and His Son, and a day that He has set aside for the remembering the cost of our sins and of the One who paid the price.

 

Now I want you to know that I am not trying to take away the joy of any of the "special" days that we all look forward to from time to time. As for the Super Bowl or any other sporting event, I doubt very seriously if God minds our enjoying ourselves in an appropriate way on any of His first days of the week, but I know that He insists that all of our living be on His terms. Those terms are found in His Word, and He intends for us to read it. And He also intends for us to set aside the first day of every week for the worship, including the special remembrance for why we are here by partaking the Lord's Supper. As long as we truly do this, I don't think that we need to feel guilty for other "special" events that are celebrated in wholesome ways on any given first day of the week.

 

Today is day 6 for those taking part in the thirty day Bible challenge to read through the New Testament. Chapters 8-14 in Mark make up the reading for today . Have you read them today, or recently... or ever? If not, why not take a few wholesome moments out of your busy schedule and read about the life of Christ. You will be glad you did!

 

"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper, He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me'"

I Corinthians 11:23-25, NIV