Right now, I’m sitting inside my home in Suva, watching on TV the biggest celebration that Fiji has ever had: celebrating our nation’s first ever gold medal at an Olympic Games.
It is Monday, August 22, and today has been declared a public holiday for all of Fiji.
. . . there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
“Never before has the Fijian spirit soared so high as it does today,” said Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. “Never have we stood so tall as a nation.” And this is evident: despite the rainy weather there are thousands of people at the national stadium where the celebration is being held. All around Fiji, people dressed in national colours and rugby jerseys carry the Fijian flag. You can’t help but feel the joy in the hearts of the people of Fiji because of what their team has achieved.
The Bible talks about a big celebration in heaven as well. It is not due to an Olympic achievement but as a result of someone who accepts to be part of God’s kingdom.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
I wonder what type of celebration they hold? Jesus in some of His stories expressed how joyful this celebration is. In the story of the lost coin and the lost sheep, it is said that “. . . he summons together [his] friends and [his] neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found that which was lost’.” In the story of the prodigal son, a big feast is held. It sounds like a big, joyful celebration to me.
I want to be part of this celebration by engaging in seeking out lost souls and assisting them to accept Jesus as their Saviour. Then I will join with the angels of heaven celebrating.
Will you join me?
Pastor Maveni Kaufononga is president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Trans-Pacific Union.