January is now upon us. We are in the long shadow of another Advent and Christmas season that has been left behind with all the hustle and bustle and now we are well back into the routine of the "non-holidays." We do many activities during the Christmas season that we do not schedule and participate in during February or June or October. They are special activities reserved for a special time of year. For some, those special holiday activities include attendance at worship.
I am always pleased whenever I see a full house at church whenever that is, but the one thing I wonder about is why we do not see a full house more often? I understand that on any given Sunday someone will be out of town or out sick or have some special occasion or travel plans that make it impossible for them to attend worship. But why do we not see larger worship attendance on a more regular basis? Should worship be a special event for a special occasion only?
One of the things that the Bible affirms is that our God is not a special occasion only kind of God. Our God is present with us, not just in December, but all year round. Our God lavishes his grace on us, not in periodic spurts, but in every moment of every day. We enjoy the benefits of this wonderful world God has made always in every time of the year.
We have a 365 days a year kind of God and how blessed we are that in God's love for us God is always there for us. As the Psalmist says,
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night', even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139:7-12).
Knowing that God is always engaged with us and with us, and if we are truly grateful for God's presence and all God has done for us, especially in Jesus Christ, should we not be prepared to worship God and live a life pleasing to God not just in one or two special seasons, but in the ordinary times as well?—not just in December, but also in February too?
If we have a 365 days a year God, then should we not consider being 365 days a year disciples of Jesus Christ?