Friday, November 13, 2009

Making Sunday Special

Several weeks ago I started sharing some about Sundays, hoping to create a series of "Making Sunday Special". One of the most important things about making Sunday special is to know why. What is different about Sunday and why should we go to the extra effort to make Sunday special.

Previously I shared that while growing up, Sundays were no different from other days. I was not a Christian and my parents did not attend church. When I began dating my future husband, his family attended church and usually gathered for a meal and fellowship following church. Immediately I sensed that Sunday was no ordinary day for them, but a day embraced with gladness and joy.

My husband and I accepted the Lord during the same church service and began our marriage as a Christian couple. Early on it was established that Sundays were special and we continue to hold that tradition and build on it.

Sundays should be special most importantly because the Lord in the ten commandments, gave the command to "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. " Exodus 20:8-11.

Labor and work are a part of life, but the Sabbath day should be holy and set apart. Modern day Christians celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday to commemorate Jesus rising from the tomb on the first day of the week. Sunday is a day to rest, but the main purpose should be to worship the Lord. To cease from the daily stresses of life and worship, reflect on and honor the Lord. Sunday should be a day to focus our mind on the Lord and turn our attention and attitude to Him and His grace, mercy and love. In our hearts there can be a deliberate turning from the cares of the world and a heart turned and seeking Him and worshiping Him.

Remember, our actions and attitudes begin in our hearts! Next time we will talk about church! But may we take this Sunday and adjust our attitude to "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."

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