". . . to the grace of the Lord." Acts 15:40
A brief stroll through any Christian bookstore, a scan of Christian television program guides and it’s easy to see the endless fascination of many believers with old covenant practices of feast, festivals, and rituals. Supposedly all done in the pursuit of obedience. One can only wonder what would Paul say (“WWPS”)?
He might remind us that our faith is not found in Old Testament practices, but in a person – the person of Jesus. In amazement, he would lament that if with Christ you've put all the pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? Do you really think the things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? All your festivals and feasts are just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important. After all, what do you have that you haven't received?
When we receive a gift, we express gratitude. Think of it, we have been given the utterly undeserved gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Through no merit of your effort, but by his mercy, you've been given a bona fide invitation to take part in the new covenant of the Spirit.
The more we realize we've been given a gift we can never repay no matter how many feasts are reenacted, then the tenor of our life becomes one of joyful, humble thanksgiving. We simply rejoice in the gift. We understand to the very depths the theory of thanks.
Paul could certainly quote chapter and verse of Isaiah 1:14 as God exasperatedly says "quit your worship charades, you've worn me out. I'm sick of your religion. When you put on your next performance, I'll be looking the other way." Stop seeking the substitutes of empty practices. Stop grandstanding trying to get attention from God and others. Do truth quietly and obediently.
Jesus acknowledged that everything was a gift from the Father’s hand. Jesus cried out, "How pleasing you are in my Father’s eyes when you have this attitude of being humble in spirit." That's the basic attitude for admission in the kingdom.
Think on these things.