Who is ready to party?
Today marks the first day of the year of Jubilee. Jubilee is defined as a special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating fifty years. In Jewish history, a Jubilee is a year of restoration. Leviticus 25:8-11 shares that in ancient history, a Jubilee year is when people are supposed to return to their homeland and experience freedom. Once they have returned home, they are not supposed to sow or reap from the land for a whole year. This is meant to be a time of liberty where slaves are set free and blessing is granted on the people. Scripture tells us that to experience freedom in Christ, we have to repent. It is also a time of judgment for those that choose not to repent of their sins.
So how can we apply this symbolic year to our own lives?
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Since our chances of experiencing a jubilee year is once or twice in our lifetimes, I think we should make an effort to record what is happening to us and how we are choosing jubilant living over living a life captivated by sin. When we start to actively journal the areas of our lives that we are in chains, we will begin to recognize patterns that might need to be broken. Recognizing these patterns will help us break free and live jubilant lives. How this looks in your own life is going to look different than mine but I've put together a simple printable that you can put in your planner or a binder to help you record your very own Year of Jubilee!
This year can change your life and God can use you to change the lives of those around you. At the If:Local Leader training last weekend, Rebekah Lyons shared that experiencing a Jubilee is experiencing the freedom of God's love. I think this world is desperate for God's love and most people don't even know it. And I think those of us that do know God might need to spend some time flat on the floor, repenting of our sins and praying for our purpose so we can co-labor with him in a more intimate way.
I believe in celebrating the small victories, the happy moments, and the people who bring us joy. I see this year as a great big celebration, full of parties where we celebrate God's perfect plan for our lives. When this year is over, my prayer is for us to better know and love God and share his love with others through simple forms of celebration.
If you are wondering how to get started, here are some examples that I hope will inspire you:
- Connection: The most important relationship in our lives is with God. Psalm 37:4 encourages us to delight ourselves in him and he will give us the desires of our heart. To not be disappointed with your life circumstances, you must learn to discern the difference between your own desires and God-given desires.
- Acceptance: To accept that God has plans for our futures (Jeremiah 29:11) we must begin to change our thoughts and believe that God is in control of the events that happen in our lives, not us. Let this printable help you better understand God's will and why we experience both pain and joy.
- Hope: Romans 5:1-5 teaches that hope comes last and does not disappoint. Before you experience hope found in Christ, you will have to persevere through suffering which develops your character.
- Trust: Learn to trust God's plans by praying to follow his will for your path and believe that God brings love and mercy, not pain (Proverbs 3:5-6, Lamentations 3).
- Patience: God provides benches in life for us to sit while waiting for our next steps. He tells us in Psalm 37:7-8 to wait patiently for him and to not worry or be angry.
As we journey through the Year of Jubilee, we will have an on-going conversation on ways to experience freedom and what we are letting go of. Each month, I'll share a different topic to get us started in conversation. I invite you to follow along with the hashtag #celebratejubilee. Show us how you are celebrating this year and using your printable to document your Year of Jubilee.
For October, our topic will be about showing hospitality and celebrating the harvest. Scripture shares that the harvest season is a time of joy and farmers see the benefit of all the their labor. There are many feasts that happen during harvest season in scripture and people came together and to throw some pretty big parties. Since October is #31Days month, you will find me daily on Instagram sharing about Jubilee in the Harvest and Hospitality. I'll have some weekly blog posts here too so be on the lookout for those starting next week!
Friends, our time on this earth is short. Don't waste this life living in bondage. Release your worries so you can live a life of jubilee. Download your free printable and let's celebrate the Year of Jubilee!
Till next time, let your light shine!