It is not uncommon to find more people in church on religious holidays. Christmas is always the biggest birthday party of the year. Never mind that Jesus was most likely born in September not December.
Easter with its forty days of lent and sunrise services never fail to draw the most pious and best dressed crowds. Even though it is doubtful the Messiah participated in Mardi Gras and ate pork for his first post-resurrection meal.
Apart from holidays the favorite day for people to think about God is Sundays. After all, God did rest on the first day of the week, or was it the seventh? Paul writes,
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord.” – Romans 14:5-6
One thing is certain. We owe God every day of our lives not just two days a year or one day a week.
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” – 2 Cor 5:15
By God’s grace we learn that we are not under any commandment to observe holy days or sabbath days to honor God (Col 2:16-17). We have peace with God through the death of Jesus Christ.
The Sabbaths given to Israel were a shadow of their coming Messiah and kingdom rest. Since we do not wait for a kingdom but are now members of the body of Christ we are told to “redeem the time” (Eph 5:16).
The holy days formed a prophetic calendar and memorial for Israel whereby they could determine when God would fulfill his covenant promises. In the dispensation of Grace we do not have to wait for future salvation we “have now the atonement” (Romans 5:11).
Not once a week but every day that passes is a day of opportunity to learn about God, his purpose to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, and to be thankful in all things.
Most live their lives in monotony and ritual receiving a spiritual boost when it shows up on the calendar. By a knowledge of God’s grace our inward man has the privilege to be renewed day by day (2 Cor 4:16).