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Friday, August 17, 2012

Christians Have All The Fun!

What bores the world can thrill the Christian.  We're not that hard to please.  Simple things afford us much pleasure.  The uncomplicated is our desired fair, therefore opening up a whole plethora of possibilities for happiness and enjoyment.

The world's joy and fun is temporary.  It always lusts for more.  It fades and corrodes as it becomes normal and mundane and requires something more advanced or complicated to satisfy .

The Christians joy, on the other hand is abiding.  It is a full joy and is eternal.

This is why what bores the world can thrill the Christian.  Christians can have joy in every situation and under every circumstance because our joy is resident within  us as believers.  The world's joy comes from a source that is outside and temporary.  The sinner's joy is often evasive and fleeting.  It often comes at a high price and can only be secured from the one whose mission it is to "kill, steal, and destroy."   Jesus (the one who came to bring us life and abundant life) purchased our joy with His own blood and freely gives it by faith and through Holy Spirit.  "Freely we have received."  Mt. 10:8

The sinner has joy only when things are good, or fun.  The Christian's joy is continual, even in suffering.  1 Pt. 4:13

When we find ourselves feeling joyless, we can, as David did, say "Why so downcast, oh my soul."   Our hope and trust is in the God who is a never-ending supply of help and who never fails.  In the midst of trouble, exile, loneliness and circumstances that would try to worry, discourage, condemn, or frighten us, we can have joy because we are not dependent on temporal situations for joy.   Paul and Silas sang in the Philippian prison.  Their joy was resident in them, therefore it was with them in that cell.  David encouraged himself in the Lord.  As he fixed his mind on the eternal things of the unseen world, his troubles soon turned to praise for the joy and comfort we have in Christ.

For the Christian, joy is a choice.  On a daily basis and in every circumstance we choose what our response will be.  We can respond in joy or without.  But be careful.  Without is usually accompanied by doubt and unbelief and we become just as the world.  If Paul and Silas had been singing "Gloom and despair and agony on me.  Deep, dark depression, excessive misery.  If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.  Gloom and despair and agony on me" in the Philippian jail, I doubt that they, much less the other prisoners in the jail, would have been delivered and saved.  But because they had a joy and peace resident in them through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, they, the prisoners, the jailer and his whole family were saved.

For the sinner, joy comes only by chance.  50/50 is not very good odds.  The sinner wastes time, money, resources and sometimes health to search for and acquire the things that they hope will bring them some joy.  Most often it is temporary, if it works at all.  

 Joy is much deeper and richer than any happiness the world has to offer.  It can only truly been found in the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in a heart and life.  Christians have no excuse to be downcast, anxious, worriers, or complainers.  Our joy is not tied to the things of this world or the circumstances this world imposes on us.  Yes, we go through some things, but we can choose to have joy, even in the midst of trouble and tribulation just as Paul and Silas did.  In the end our joy will speak on behalf of the power of God to a world that  frantically seeks after it.  And they too can enter into the life of joy, peace and stability that only Christ offers and only He can provide.

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