WEDNESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY, 2018
THEME: REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS (ASH WEDNESDAY)
TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 4:1-6
MEMORY VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God.”
Apostle Paul admonishes the brethren in Philippi to rejoice in the Lord always. Paul deliberately repeated the word ‘rejoice’ because he knew some may query why a Christian needs to rejoice always. Sometimes, some believers seem to act as if they are even holier than God. Some think that a Christian should not have a time for leisure or a time relaxation. They think that getting involved in a social activity is carnal or worldly.
When Nehemiah revealed that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10), he charged the people not to weep but to make merry by eating and drinking and sending portions to others. Jesus called His Disciples apart to a desert place and also charged them to eat and drink and relax themselves because they had been so busy, they did not even have any time for leisure (Mk. 6:31).
It is never true that Christians should not engage in sports or games (whether indoor or outdoor). Remember that Paul quickly warned after the statement “rejoice”, by saying, “Let your moderation be known to all men…”. That is to say, while we are rejoicing (relaxing), we should not lose our souls. All things must be done to glorify God and not ourselves. You will notice that Jesus called for a time of relaxation for His disciples. While they were just about to begin, many people came seeking for Jesus and that immediately ended their rest period. That is to say that we must not allow our relaxation to hinder the Kingdom’s business. So brethren, REJOICE! And again I say, REJOICE!
Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a time of penitence, self-control, reflection and drawing near to God in the study of the Word, prayer, fasting, almsgiving and Christly living.
HYMN: EMHB 744 – O HAPPY DAY THAT FIXED MY CHOICE
PRAYER: God Almighty, do not allow anything to take away my joy and let Your joy always be my strength. Amen.