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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)

TITLE: The Perfect Beginning to The Perfect Day
By sandra snider
06/01/04

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“Have a good day,” says the store clerk as she hands you your purchase.

“Have a good day,” you say to your spouse as he heads out the door to work.

“Have a good day,” you tell your daughter as she catches the school bus.

Good morning everyone, and have a good day!

It’s the beginning of a new day and the good day greeting is heard everywhere. I used to think that it was essentially meaningless and never spoke it much myself until God showed me some spiritual significance in those four little words. This common and everyday courtesy is surprisingly biblical because the greeting echoes the words of God Himself to mankind. In fact, God intends each new day to not only be a new and good beginning, but the perfect beginning to the perfect day.

In the beginning God called the day good in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:3-5). But He declares the day perfect in the New Testament. With the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, God proclaims that each new beginning and each new day, regardless of circumstance or situation, is now perfect and perfected. Welcome to the era of perfect beginnings and perfect days, people!

The Perfect Day is a wonderful title for the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider these verses: Proverbs 4:18 states, “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” (NKJ) According to Matthew 5:48, our Father in heaven is described as perfect. Light was called day in Genesis 1:5, and in John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Our heavenly Father yearns that His one and only Perfect Day, Jesus Christ, dawns in our hearts (2 Peter 1:19) at the beginning of each new day. Jesus is the perfect truth, the perfect way, the perfect life, the perfect beginning, the perfect day! Alleluia!

It’s the deceiver who wants to give you a “good day.” Satan wants you to settle for a day without Jesus. The devil wants you to believe that a hassle-free day without Jesus is a good day, but spiritually speaking, it’s not. It’s just the world’s counterfeit to God’s intended perfect beginning to the Perfect Day. It’s our challenge and choice to embrace the beginning of each new day as already perfect because of the Lord Jesus.

The next time you begin your day and someone says, “Have a good day,” receive it with joy and gladness. Then remind yourself that as a believer you now possess something far better: the perfect beginning to the Perfect Day, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Dian Moore06/07/04
Whoo Hoo! This is very good and would make a great sermon. One thing: "In the beginning God called the day good in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:3-5)." This sentence seems awkward to me. Perhaps, "In the Old Testament (Genesis 1:3-5), God called the day good in the beginning." Thank you for this new way of looking at a Perfect Day.
Linda Germain 06/07/04
Good teaching! This sits well with me. It is calm and gentle and has a message. Thank You
Gary Sims06/07/04
Sandra - you finally were able to explain why every time I attempt to type the word good it comes out "godd." God is good and good is God. Thank you. Have a God day. Gary
Deborah Porter 06/07/04
Sandra, you write extremely well and I do agree that we are living in the time of the "perfect day" because of Christ. But I must admit that I had a few qualms when I hit this sentence, "It’s the deceiver who wants to give you a good day."

I'm pretty sure I know what you mean, but theologically I think there are a few wrinkles in your reasoning. That's because we know from Christ Himself that only God is good - it is the very essence of His nature and being. It's we who have watered down the meaning to just mean everything's going okay.

Goodness is, in fact, a fruit of the Spirit and means to be living in a way that is a reflection of God's perfect character and nature. So that why that paragraph just didn't quite sit right with me. After all, Jesus is even better than perfect. As God, He is good.

Just some thoughts as I read. As for your writing, I couldn't fault it! With love, Deb

Mary Elder-Criss06/08/04
Have to say that I've had some "Less than Perfect Days." Yesterday might have even qualified as a "bad day" but through Christ I made it through.
Melanie Kerr 06/09/04
I will endeavour to have a good day! I learnt a lot from what you wrote.
L.M. Lee06/09/04
Nice reminder to no settle for less than His best.
sandra snider06/09/04
Thank you for all your comments. Debbie and Meighan had problems with my use of the word "good" in regard to the enemy of our souls, and they are so right. I should have chosen my words more carefully. I thought I was making myself clear, but evidently not. I had three other Christians read it before I submitted it, but no one caught the error. I can't change the Writing Challenge article, but I will go into my account and make changes there.
Keep writing everybody!
Sandy Snider
Deborah Porter 06/10/04
Sandra, I just had to pop back and leave another message for you here. You really are an amazing lady! Your open heart has really blessed me. Plus, as I said before, you really are an extremely good writer! With love, Deb