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In a world that seems to have a new breaking news story each day, it’s safe to say that we are all searching for a source of joy. Whether it’s other people, puppies, travel, or a good coffee, everybody wants something that will keep a smile on their face. It can seem like a never-ending cycle of searching, and these things of the earth will never truly satisfy us.
So how do we find true joy that will never fade away?
A few years ago, my church did a sermon on this topic, and it’s something that’s stuck with me ever since. When we put our life in this order, only then can we truly find never-ending joy.
Jesus is our source of unconditional joy, and when we put Him first, nothing can stand in the way of that. Because of Him, we have been given eternal life- a joy that will never fade away. Material goods and other people are fleeting. Focusing on the eternal life makes drama and the hardships of this life become smaller and smaller.
Jesus is also our role model, so keeping Him and the Father at the center of our lives is the only way we can truly be like Him. He makes us whole. He will provide.
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
When Jesus came to earth, He came to serve others. His entire life as a man was lived to lead others towards eternal life, and to die for the sins of all. As followers of Him, we get to share this same light with every single person that we interact with. Like Jesus, our purpose on earth is to love others well for the sake of the Kingdom.
Man was created in the image of God Himself. Serving others is serving God’s people. This might mean stepping outside of your comfort zone so that others can see the light of Christ through you.
You were saved to serve.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Loving God and others is not only a “good idea”, but it is Biblical truth. As we see in the verse below, they are the two greatest commandments.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
While thinking about yourself comes last, it is still a very crucial step to take. To love God and others above all else, we must make sure that we are feeding ourselves with truth from the Word. The Bible is where we get to see what Jesus commanded and how He lived. We can then take this wisdom and use it to serve God and His people.
When we are truly standing firm in our faith, we can pour out into others.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
The Bible is full of God’s promises, and this should bring us joy! We can know that no matter what the world throws at us, the Word of God stands true through the ages. What He has promised us cannot be taken away. We can set our eyes upon these promises and find peace and true joy.
We are not alone.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:102 Chronicles 7:14
Now, this doesn’t mean that life will be easy. We will still face pain and hardship every day. The difference lies in where we set our eyes. Through our faith in Jesus, we are given eternal life with Him, and nothing and no one in this world can take that away from us!
We are set free that we may have gladness not based on circumstance. He has broken our chains and set us free from the pain of this world. We can find joy in His promises, knowing His love will never fail.
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