Did you ever wonder what it would be like if every day was Sunday? Today, I find myself wishing this to be true. Sundays are the one day a week when I can slow down, take a deep breath, and truly enjoy the day. There are generally no deadlines to meet, no work-related phone calls to make, and no stressful situations to wade through. Instead, there are delightful conversations with friends and family, uplifting church services to attend, and delicious food of which to partake. Not to mention the fact that Sunday afternoons also bring several luxuries to me personally: surfing the web, working on my blog, and one of my absolute favorites, playing the piano. But the one thing I like the most about Sunday is not the absence of stress or the ability to do as I please. The thing I enjoy the most is the fact that people around the world are simultaneously lifting up their voices in praise to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Additionally, the arrival of Sunday morning means that Christians in all four corners of the world are standing together in prayer, united together. If only for a moment, their hearts are joined in one accord. God’s Word says where two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ, there He will be in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20). Just imagine how the angels must rejoice in Heaven when thousands upon thousands gather together on Sunday. What would the world be like if Christians united together every single day of the week? How would the news change if Christians everywhere met each morning to pray? Surely, the world would no longer be the same. Life would change for the better if every day was Sunday.
Philippians 4:4 (NIV) says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Paul does not say to rejoice in the Lord only on Sundays. Instead, he says that we should rejoice always. Even if we are sitting in an emergency room waiting room, we can still rejoice in the Lord. If we are bombarded with constant stress at work, finding ourselves being pulled in every direction, we can still rejoice in the Lord. And if we find ourselves in the darkest valley we have ever walked through, we can still rejoice in the Lord. Paul is not saying to rejoice for the difficulties that may arise, but to rejoice in the Lord always. There is never a moment when a Christian should not be filled with the joy of the Lord. If you feel weak, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! Rejoice, be glad, and thank God for every single day He gives you.
The psalmist David gives us similar advice when he writes, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 ESV). David does not tell us that Sunday is the only day the Lord has made. The exact word he uses is the word, “This.” While this may apply to a particular day, such as the day when Christ returns to take His children home, we could also apply this advice to any day of the year. God has given us 365 days a year to either enjoy or dread. No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for. There is always a reason to rejoice. This morning, you woke up. That is a miracle in itself. Thank God for the miracles in your life. Rejoice every single day. Rejoice in every situation. Rejoice as if every day was Sunday.
In Christ’s Love,