“How will you spend this Holy week?”
Sunday, April 5th (Palm Sunday) – Saturday, April 11th is recognized as Holy Week. This is an exciting week for Christians all over the world because we celebrate the death, burial and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Each day has a special significance and this week, I want to challenge you to be intentional about celebrating Jesus like never before.
Who would have ever imagined that we would see the day that we could NOT go to church for a Good Friday or Easter service? We could have never imagined COVID-19 and the impact that it is having on the world. However, we don’t have to go to a church building to have church. We are the CHURCH! We must celebrate who Jesus is and make this week HOLY!
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the word HOLY. Psalm 99:9 says Exalt the Lord our God, and worship His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy. So we know that God is holy. The word holy is defined as; exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. We are told in I Peter 1:15-16 that we should be holy like God “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” We are to make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy for without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14) The last verse that I want to share is 2 Corinthians 7:11 says; “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
So how can we make this a holy week at home? I am so glad that you asked. A song writer defined the H.O.L.Y. acronym as “High on Loving You.” I think we should all be high on loving God with all of our heart, mind and soul. Love God with everything that you have. However, here is my holy challenge for the week.
H = Have frequent times with the Lord through prayer, meditation, worship, thanksgiving and praise in your house. Have hope in the Lord. Make God your #1 Priority. Remember that God has us in His Hands. He will see us through!
O = Observe the promises of God and Obey them. To observe is to see, watch, perceive or notice. We must look for God in the midst of everything happening. Take time to read the Word of God to remind yourself of His promises. Take a walk and observe the beauty of the Lord.
L= Love God, your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and everybody. What can you intentionally do to demonstrate your love this week? Find ways to show your love. Make phone calls, send some love texts use your gifts and talents to bless other people. Take time to laugh too.
Y = Yield to God’s will and His way. Obviously God wants us to change the way that we have been doing some things. What has He spoken to you? To yield is to give up your will or way and surrender yourself to God’s will and way.
May the Lord bless you and your family. Enjoy this holy week! Thank you for reading!
Until next week. . .