During one of my husband’s recent sermons, he grabbed the microphone from the pulpit and said, “What is God doing in your life? Let’s share and celebrate together.” He waited for several minutes, and as he waited, he received one thing: silence. People were hesitant to share because the culture of the church emphasized silence and listening rather than talking and noise. Church should not only be a place for prayer and soul searching, but a place to celebrate the ways God is speaking and moving in our lives.
Tony Campolo, in his book The Kingdom of God is a Party says, “But the church is not supposed to be just any social movement. The church is supposed to be a living organism, a body of believers endowed with a heavenly dynamism, it is supposed to be the living body of Christ. Something has gotten lost. Something has died. Something that was hot has become lukewarm. Something that is essential has to be renewed.” 1
Do you celebrate with others when God does something good in your life? If we are not celebrating others’ accomplishments, how can we breathe life into the body of Christ?
The church is a place to bear each other’s burdens and allow God to work deep within our souls. But it should also be a place where we as brothers and sisters celebrate the good things God is doing as well.
Here are three ways you can celebrate at your next church service:
Share– is there someone (or a group of people) at your church with whom you can share your blessings and accomplishments? Allow them to have you over for dinner or take you out to celebrate.
Model- In the same way others celebrate with you, spend some time celebrating with others. To do this, you must be aware of what is going on with the people within your congregation. Ask others how their life is going. Remember what they said and follow up with them the following week. Show you care and people will open up to you.
Pray- Ask the people in your congregation for specific prayer requests and pray diligently for those requests. When a prayer gets answered, reciprocate by sending a gift or card or take them out to celebrate how God is moving.
Church can be a boring place, or it can be a place where we as God’s children can party. Will you choose to party with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
Michelle S. Lazurek is a pastor’s wife, a mother, an author, and a speaker. She is a contributing writer for Movieguide Magazine, a community group leader for Incourage, and has been published in numerous places such as Charisma Magazine and Women’s Ministry.net’s Tip of the Week. Please visit her website at www.michellelazurek.com, find her on Facebook at Michelle S. Lazurek or follow her on Twitter @mslazurek. You can also email her at [email protected]
1 Campolo, Tony. The Kingdom of God Is a Party. (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1990.) p.68.