Date check

Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration, or because they were days of great sadness or grief. 

Each year around this time, I always seems to find myself thinking about significant dates in my life. Both in the last few weeks, and in the coming weeks there are a few significant dates in my life:

  • My birthday is in August.
  • My wedding anniversary is also in August.
  • This coming weekend will mark five years years since my Mum was promoted to glory.
  • In a few weeks time it would also have been my Mum’s birthday.

While thinking about these significant dates, it got me wondering about my Christian journey – Do I recall those significant moments in my life?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or even the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army – So I had to look back at my ‘Articles of War’ which I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and found that significant date is in just a few weeks time.

We celebrate or mark the important dates in our life, and many shared those anniversaries with family and friends on social media. So my question to each of you is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do with other important life events? 

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

Romans 1:1 (The passion translation)

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it? As we mark important dates in our lives, remember to celebrate those significant days in your Christian journey as well, because when we gave our hearts God, we promised to serve Him for the rest of our lives.

We all will face difficult and challenging days as well as happy days in our life, but no matter what kind of day we’re having, celebrate God’s love for you by living the life God has planned for you.

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
Me Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

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