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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)
TITLE: The Perfect Beginning to The Perfect Day
By sandra snider
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“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.