You might be familiar with Pastor Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He’s influential, outspoken and popular on Twitter.
Last year Pastor Mark posted a blog on July 4 that caught my attention, so I wanted to share it with you today. It continues on the theme I blogged about on Tuesday, about vacations and rest. Here’s the blog post, “You’re Free to Have Fun.”
Life is busy, things can be tough, and your stress level is probably high. But today is the Fourth of July. It’s time to forget about life’s worries for a day. Have some fun, take a break, and celebrate. Spend your time with family and friends. Eat good food. Drink good drink.
Why? Because that’s what Jesus did and will do.
In the second chapter of John, Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding party. He turned water into some wine. Everyone was pretty happy with the result.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of this time years before the John did. Inspired by God, Isaiah said in chapter 25, verse 6,
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
This time with Jesus is not marked by gluttony and drunkenness—nor should our time this Fourth of July—but it is filled with eating good food, drinking great drink, and enjoying incredible friends in such a way that glorifies Jesus, and so should our holiday today.
I encourage you to relax and have fun today, all for the glory of God. Enjoy your family and friends. Eat good food. Drink good drink. Wherever you find yourself this holiday, enjoy life and people as the gift from God that they are.
I always like to say that Christians should be known for our joy – yet I also know that sometimes we don’t do a good job of just relaxing and having fun. Pastor Mark’s post served to help me look at fun and enjoyment in a different way.
So there you go: Today, let us both think about the cost of independence others paid that we may be free – but let us also celebrate the joy of freedom.
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