Culture is such that we observe special days and seasons. On a certain level, that's unavoidable, and I guess we can take advantage of the Christmas season by sharing Christ with people who normally aren't open to hearing about Him. I'm sending out our annual Christmas letter, buying gifts online (almost through with that), and am playing Christmas music on my computer as I type this post.
But during our morning devotions today, John read a passage from Galatians that arrested my attention. Paul, concerned that the Galatian believers were being influenced to depend on Jewish rituals for salvation, wrote:
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. How is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. ~~Galatians 4:8-11
My immediate reaction was to wonder if, by observing Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, I've bought into the same sort of religious legalism that threatened the Galatians. But the Lord reminded me of a passage in Romans that keeps Galatians 4:8-11 in perspective:
One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord, and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. ~~Romans 14:5-6
As John and I discussed the two passages, we realized that special days ultimately derive their specialness as they point to the Lord. Therefore, the more central He is in our lives, the more He makes every day a glorious celebration! We get Christmas every day!