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Joyless Christians

November 6, 2008

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Ever met one? Ever been one? I could answer yes to both of those.

One of the first things to go when you lose hope, is laughter, and your sense of humor. Children so easily laugh, so easily giggle, so easily dance. What happens to us? Seriously. I go to some church business functions (not Sunset’s of course) and wonder who died? And we are supposed to be the ones who know our future, know our hope, experience mercy and grace. That reality should fill us with a sense of joy despite our earthly trials.

This week in our worship gathering the worship team is going to be talking about the spiritual discipline of celebration. You can’t celebrate without joy, and you can’t have joy without hope. Has your laughter died? Are you losing your sense of humor? Are you losing hope? Have you forgot how to celebrate?

Joy and gratitude go hand in hand. Every moment of life is a gift. Whenever I read verses like the ones I read today in 1 Peter, I always get this sense that if I could truly grasp this, truly comprehend it and the words could break through to my soul, that it would fill me with hope and joy and gratitude and lead to celebration.

Read these verses and try not to have hope, I dare ya.

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6 So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Now celebrate those truths and let your face know it!

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3 comments

  1. Thank you Jay. I needed that today. ;o)


  2. James1:2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

    This is the joy I’m working on. Knowing that I have joy no matter what I’m going through. I need to find joy when life is at its “best” and “worst.” Making the connection with the verses you listed to this one in James are reminders I need daily.


  3. I have been there myself!



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