“Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.”
Philippians 1:25 NLT
Joy is very important to our faith. In fact, until we have fully understood our salvation, we cannot master the art of joy..
In Matthew 13:44, we read the story of a man who joyfully forgoes all he has to purchase one field. While it may sound illogical, the man understood the value of the field he was getting and gladly went ahead to liquidate his assets. Some people come to God as an opportunity to get treasure when in reality, God is the real treasure.
With believing the Gospel comes a measure of joy. Knowing for a fact that the moment you heard the Gospel and believed, you were saved and received the Holy Spirit instantaneously, is a huge reason to be joyful. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
For someone else, a free ticket to a developed country may be a dream come true. However, we know that all the tickets to the nations of the world cannot make one truly joyful. The Spirit of God in us (who is the earnest of our redemption) gives us everlasting joy. The Bible declares that because we believe, we became God’s purchased possession. What a joy!
Knowing this, we must remind ourselves that joy does not just happen to us. We are to initiate it by constantly recollecting our faith. It is our duty to stir up our spirits with joy, thereby approving the will of God for our lives.
See how the Apostle John puts it:
“What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full [and your joy may be complete]. And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].”
1 John 1:3-5 AMP
Having read this, dear believer, switch your perspective of believing to a delightful one, not just because of what God can do but because of what He has already done. Henceforth, direct your emotions to true value – the salvation of your soul.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 6:25-40, I Peter 3:8-12, Songs of Songs 4:8-16, Jeremiah 51