Early Christians, like football players, knew how to find joy in the middle of struggles and pain. They knew how to celebrate! Sometimes God just wants us to get our ego, our traditions, and our stuff out of His way and celebrate His glory.
When we refuse to daily rely on the risen Jesus, we deny His reality and treat Him like a religious myth. Relying on the risen Jesus, means continually shifting from self-reliance to self-surrender. Jesus never said, “Accept Me as your Savior.” He said, “Follow Me.” (Search for: The Joy Of Early Christianity.)
New stuff without a new you leads you to the same place the old stuff led you. Make a new you, your first priority. Seek first God’s kingdom — His government ruling over your life.
Biblical Christianity isn’t an annually repeating church calendar. It presses forward to fresh experiences with the risen Jesus. It doesn’t miss the reason for the season and walk away Christ-less after Christmas (or other religious holidays).
God’s house has arms and legs, not bricks and mortar. Christ wants to live in and thru you, not in a religious building.
God led Joseph and Mary into Egypt for asylum. Perhaps God is leading many people into America for the same reason.