Mark 8-14

On the first day of the week, they gathered together to break bread."

Acts 20:7, NIV


What is today? If you were to ask most people, they would tell you that today is Super Bowl Sunday. It is a day to get together and cap off the season by crowning a football champion. It is a day to get together with friends and have a good time - lots of snacks, and for some, lots of beer, some questionable entertainment in the way of commercials, and maybe a little gambling on the side...


If you were to ask God, what today was, how do you think that He would reply? I doubt very seriously if He minds our enjoying ourselves by watching a football game, but I also doubt very seriously if He approves of how so many are watching the game. I don't think that He would approve of the drinking, of the gambling, nor even of some of the content in some of the commercials that so many seem to look forward to. The reason I think that, is because I have read what He has to say about such conduct, and I know that He has warned about some of it, and even forbidden some of it.


As to His answer on what day it is, I think I know the answer to that: It is the first day of the week. A day that He has set aside for the worship of He and His Son, and a day that He has set aside for the remembering of the cost of our sins and of the One who paid the price.


I doubt very seriously if God minds our enjoying ourselves on His first day of the week, but I know that He insists that all of our living be on His terms. Those terms are found in His Word, and He intends for us to read it.


Today is day 6, for those who have decided to take part in the thirty day Bible challenge of reading through the New Testament. Chapters 8-14 in Mark are the next ones on the list. Have you read them today, or recently... or ever? If not, why not take a few wholesome moments out of your busy schedule and read about the life of Christ. You will be glad you did!


"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper, He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me'"

I Corinthians 11:23-25, NIV