Celebrating your life sounds like an oxymoron given the times in which we live. The evils of this world surround us and darkness is trying to overtake us. Jesus says in John 16:33, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
The following three reasons for celebrating your life are just a smidgen of information regarding this topic. I believe the Lord wants us to celebrate our life because He breathed into us at birth and takes delight in being our Father.
Celebrate your life:
1. Because of who you are:
2 Cor. 6:18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty. Upon receiving salvation we immediately become a part of God’s family. We are no longer slaves but sons and daughters living from the resources of heaven. God’s love is unconditional, always there for us to receive. Contrary to the standard of the world, God’s love is not based on performance. He loves the newborn babe as well as the aged in the nursing home and everyone in between. If God’s love was based on performance, many people would be disqualified.
A few years back the Lord spoke to me about my birthday. He said, “why do you negate the day I brought you into this world?” My birthday joy was dependent on what family and others would do for me. Now I celebrate my birthday by handing out chocolate or whatever idea comes to mind.
2. Because of what you can do:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” The resurrection power of Jesus Christ is within us. This is a reason to celebrate, for with God we have supernatural power at work to help us do great and mighty exploits. There are numerous examples in the Bible where God took an ordinary fellow and used them to accomplish His extraordinary purposes. Moses led millions of people out of Egypt with a staff full of the power of God. Joshua conquered the city of Jericho with walking and shouting. David slew a giant with a slingshot. Esther saved her people. Daniel worshiped God in Babylon and survived the lion’s den. Mary had a baby supernaturally. The disciples operated in the power of God after receiving the Holy Spirit. You too have the potential to accomplish beyond your own strength if God is calling you to the assignment. Your potential is beyond your natural ability because of God’s divine assistance through Christ.
I was with my friend in India at a village church. After preaching and laying hands on everyone, the Pastor invited us to a room where a woman lay on a concrete bed waiting to die. There were flies buzzing around her. She looked very lifeless. My friend and I took turns praying and rebuking a spirit of death. We found out later that she totally recovered! To God be the glory.
3. Because of relationships:
We celebrate our relationships beginning with Jesus. John 15:12 “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” I celebrate Jesus and my salvation. Without the Lord I have no idea what my life would look like. Think about all the people in your life who have helped you become who you are and give thanks. We have parents, teachers, coaches, pastors, friends etc. who have been there for us. I celebrate those persons God used to help direct my journey. Then we all have our list of not-so-lovely people. Keeping the right attitude and heart towards these ones, celebrating those who are different yet also created in God’s image will help keep us in divine alignment. Everyone is a work in progress.
I read a story of a prophet who was critiquing an actress and the Lord spoke to him and said, “I was going to use you to speak into her life, but I can’t now with your attitude.” The prophet repented and God used him to share His mind with her. Celebrating and loving people makes way for God to use us in their lives. We are not their judge, but one demonstrating Jesus’ heart so they can know Him.