January 31 - Celebrate Jesus in Your Life

By Barbara Lighthizer

Today's Scripture: Exodus 12:14-13:16

Central Thought: Christians have reasons to celebrate.

    Jewish people have many festival days. One that is familiar to most Christians, the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread, is the celebration of God leading the children of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Every festival that God wanted the Israelites to observe had a purpose—to honor Him and remind the people of God's work in their lives.

    Most Christians do not observe the Jewish feasts, but we still have much to celebrate. Do we set aside a time for remembrance? Some people consider the day they asked Jesus into their hearts as their 'spiritual birthday,” and they celebrate it every year. The celebration may be simple, just taking time to thank the Lord or having a birthday cake and ice cream.

    Recently, I came across an old calendar where I had made a notation of an answer to prayer. That answer had a profound affect on my life and faith. It should be a date that stands out on my list of special days, but it has slipped by each year unnoticed.

    Our relationship with Jesus offers an abundance of events that we can celebrate alone or with family or friends. Let us remember Him with the same joy the Israelites displayed at their feasts.

Devotional Prayer: I praise You for salvation and for the countless blessings You have given my family and me. In my heart, Lord, I celebrate who You are. I love You, my dearest Jesus.

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 12:14-13:16; Matthew 20:29-21:22; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 6:12-15