It happened two weeks ago.
Because our son-in-law and I are both preachers, Donna and I don’t get to worship with him, our daughter, and their children very often. On this particular Sunday, we did. That made it a very special day for us.
However, it was not the only reason it was a very special day. It was not even the primary reason it was a very special day.
It happened again last week.
Our son was beginning his new work with the 9th Avenue church of Christ in Haleyville, AL. As many of you know, he had been there before and had served as the associate/youth minister there. After preaching at the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville for about 6½ years, last Sunday he took on the responsibility of doing the bulk of the preaching for the 9th Avenue church.
Once again, we were able to worship with a part of our family (a rare treat for preachers). The fact that we could be with our son, his wife, their children and our son’s father-in-law and mother-in-law made it a special day. The fact that we could be there on the very first Sunday of his new work made it even more special.
However, these were not the only reasons that last Sunday was a very special day. Once again, they were not even the primary reasons.
On the way home last Sunday evening, we stopped to worship. We were surprised to find that one of our former summer interns was leading the singing. That also made last Sunday special for us.
However (do I need to type these words again?), all of this is not what made last Sunday a very special day. They do not qualify as the primary reasons.
It is also happening today.
After being gone for a while, we are back with a church family we love and appreciate. For almost fourteen years, we have worshiped, served, laughed, and cried together. I only wish I had the words to express how special that is.
However (here we go again), as special each one of you is to Donna and me and as much as we love the family atmosphere that exists here, this is not what makes today a very special day. There is another and, to us, a much more significant reason.
For many, Sunday is a day of rest, recreation, shopping, sports, and other personal (selfish) interests. Some officials in The Church of England have recently let it be known that, because of these factors, worshiping on Sunday is just too “inconvenient” for most of its members. To them, there is nothing special about any Sunday; except perhaps one set aside for some seasonal observances which, by the way, are not mentioned in God’s Word.
However, those who are serious about their relationship with God have a different idea about all of that. Every Sunday is a very special day.
The first day of the week (Sunday) is the day when…
- the Lord’s tomb was found to be empty (Matt. 28:1ff, Mark 16:2ff; Luke 24:1ff; John 20:1ff)
- the church that was always in the mind of God (Eph. 3:10-11) came into existence on the earth (cf. Acts 2:1-47)
- the Christians in the first century met to worship (cf. Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
It should be the case that every Sunday is special. Every Sunday is the Lord’s day (Rev. 1:10).
How special is His day to you?