An Annual Celebration!

Scripture: Exodus 13.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Exodus 13:8-10 (NLT)

8 “On the seventh day you must explain to your children, ‘I am celebrating what the LORD did for me when I left Egypt.’

9 This annual festival will be a visible sign to you, like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. Let it remind you always to recite this teaching of the LORD: ‘With a strong hand, the LORD rescued you from Egypt.’

10 So observe the decree of this festival at the appointed time each year.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

During my study of this chapter it hit me that not only would a celebration like the one mentioned in Exodus 13 have an impact on families, but what if we, as Christians, set aside an annual celebration of our commitment to God, and celebrate it with our families? Think about it, assuming that we surrendered our lives to Christ on February 1st, then on that date each year we would invite our family to come and celebrate the occasion with us. Now this will not just be another opportunity for a grand meal and party favors, but more towards a time where you would share your testimony with the family gathered. What you were like before accepting Christ, your salvation experience, and what changes He made in your life since that time. Now before you think that this might get boring to tell this each and every time you meet, I want you to think of the positive impact this would have: (1) You will share the plan of salvation with your family, this might be especially impactful to those that have not committed themselves to the Lord yet; (2) What would daddy, granddaddy or any other family member look like telling this story if they did not live the Christian example over the past twelve months? This would serve to be great accountability to our family; (3) Imagine the impact this would have on children and grandchildren, nephews or nieces. They could hear the plan of salvation professionally explained from the pulpit or by their Sunday School teacher, if they indeed go to church, but hearing it from a family member in whom they have recognized and respected their godly example all year long, will have a lasting impact on them; and lastly (4) This will give us the opportunity to minister to our family in preparation for the ministry that we should be doing with the world. By sharing this with our loved ones, may be the only opportunity they may have heard the plan of salvation over the past year – that’s sad but may be very true in some cases. Think about it friend, this may start a whole new experience with your family!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Father, I thank you for speaking to me through Your Word. Please help me to obey and follow Your example in every way as I strive to be more like You every day. Thank you for the blessing of family. Please help me to run with this idea and start a new idea for sharing my faith with my family, with hopes that they too may ultimately come to know You as Lord and serve You all the days of their life. When I consider where I was and where You brought me to, I realize that I was nothing before you found me, but now I have everything!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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