This Sunday, March 25, is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Each year we remember the events recounted in the Gospels of the details of the last week Jesus spent with his disciples — the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the last meal in an upper room, his prayer of agony and struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal by Judas, trial before Pilate, crucifixion and death, and his resurrection on Easter morning.

It is our annual opportunity to recall the sacrifice Christ made for the entire world and God’s plan for bridging the gap between Creator and creatures caused by our willful acts of sin. From our perspective as followers of Christ, it is the climactic week in all of history, the dividing line between all human attempts to reach out to God and God’s initiative of love to embrace humanity.

However, I think we should be careful to understand what we mean by Holy Week. Since “holy” means to be set apart for God’s use, then certainly this is the time for true holiness, for a focus on our relationship with God more intense than any other time. And yet, isn’t every week holy? For those of us who have given our lives back to the God who created them aren’t we ourselves, all that we possess, and every moment we live to be dedicated to God?

Since we live in the world — relating to family, friends, associates; making a living or getting an education; engaging in pursuits both meaningful and trivial — we often forget that our true purpose is to be dedicated to God. Baptists aren’t enamored with creeds, but we can affirm with the Westminster Confession that the chief end of human beings is to “glorify God and enjoy (God) forever.”

We need this annual emphasis to remind us both of what God has done for us and what we are to do for God, but let us keep in mind that these truths should so permeate our lives that every day is lived in holiness. Just as every day is an opportunity to celebrate the resurrection, not just Sunday, every week presents us with the opportunity to live holy lives, not just Holy Week.

I look forward to celebrating these events with you on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter. Obviously, these services present you with a good opportunity to invite someone to come to church with you. The seeker who needs to know what God has done, the spiritual but not religious who could be helped by the celebration of these concrete historical events, the lapsed Christian who needs a reminder of God’s love — they all need the love of God and our family of faith will be glad to share it. Bring them along as we seek to be holy together.