Do you know what God’s favorite day is? I can tell you unequivocally, and without hesitation, that God’s favorite day is today. Now I don’t mean Sunday. I would say that if today were Monday or Thursday or Saturday.
You see, I trust that God did work in your life yesterday. I know He wants to work in your life tomorrow. But the only day He can work in your life is today. The only day you can better the past, or prepare for the future, is today. Listen to this statement:
Our Lord knows that the most important period of time is always “the now.” He knows that your “nows” will soon become your yesterdays, and that if you live each “now” well, you will have no regrets. He also knows that your “nows” determine your future, and that when the future becomes “now,” it will be good if you have lived each past moment well. –James Lord
I hope you served God yesterday, I pray you will serve Him tomorrow, but the only day you can serve Him is today.
Today is the only day you can enjoy. You can’t enjoy yesterday, it is only a memory. You can’t enjoy tomorrow, it is only a possibility. You can really only enjoy today. Whether or not you enjoy today is up to you.
If there is anything this post-modern culture that we live in is sure of it is that you cannot be absolutely sure of anything. You can believe in many things. You can be passionate about a lot of things, but nothing can be known absolutely, especially in the area of spirituality and morality.
I discovered this quote by Gandhi that serves to emphasize the almost universal uncertainty that is associated with religious belief of any kind. When he was asked why he tried to persuade people of his political beliefs, but not his religious beliefs, he said this – “In the realm of the political and social and economic, we can be sufficiently certain to convert; but in the realm of religion there is not sufficient certainty to convert anybody and therefore, there can be no conversions in religions.”
The post-modern view of God–that is if there is a God–is that nothing certain can be known about God and you certainly cannot know Him personally. Let me make a concession here. If the Bible is not God’s word and if God has not spoken to us and revealed Himself through His word, then the post-modernist is absolutely right.
But the idea that we cannot know God is simply not true. The Bible says in Jeremiah 9:23-24: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom or the mighty man and his might, or the rich man and his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know Me and understand that I am the LORD… I, the LORD, have spoken!'”
God not only says that we can know Him, but that we can brag about it! Now if the biblical world view is true, then we can know God personally. We can know God eternally and we can know that we know God now and forever. I find it incredible that God not only says that we can know Him, but that we can indeed boast about it!
There is a business man in India by the name of Bahadur Chand Gupta. He has developed a very unique business. He bought an old Airbus 300 and parked it in the city of Delhi. Each week this disabled airplane is opened for tours so Indians, who have never flown, can pay the equivalent of about four dollars, U.S. money, to sit on an airplane that is no longer in operation.
Customers get to relax in a seat, listen to a pilot make announcements over the sound system and even be served by flight attendants. The jet never moves, but these so called “passengers” have the experience of being inside a plane as if they were flying. They will never know the thrill of seeing the clouds from beneath them rather than about them. They will never have the experience of flying through the air at hundreds of miles an hour. They will never experience the thrill of a take-off or the joy of a landing.
These people walk on to this plane, buckle themselves in, watch a safety demonstration and when they look out the windows the landscape never changes. In fact, the airplane they use has only one wing and a large part of the tail is missing. In a country where 99% of the population have never been on an airplane, this business has proved to be extremely successful.
To so many people church is really no different. People come into a church and they sit in a comfortable seat, listen to music, hear a pastor give a message and they let other people serve them, but all the while they are never going anywhere. They never really worship. They settle for a second rate experience–never really connecting with God and wonder why worship for them is so boring.
When you realize that you can come into the presence of God as one of His children and that the God who created all of this wants to lead you and love you and live inside of you and spend eternity with you, we ought to be excited about who we worship. I realize that we are so self-conscious and we are so afraid of what other people might think if we show any expression, any emotion, or give off any energy in worship. All I am saying is if we started thinking less about what other people might think about us and more about what God thinks about us it might completely change the way we come into His presence and worship.