For the last couple of years since I moved to Alabama, Emily and I have participated in a Thrift Store Birthday Challenge. We choose a theme several months ahead of time for each birthday. We have a $30 budget, and one is responsible for putting together an outfit for the other around the theme. Then we go out to dinner and celebrate.
Last Friday, we celebrated Emily’s birthday. The theme, you ask? Formal wear! I managed to find the most amazing dress for her that capped out my budget! She found a beautiful ensemble for me that looked like I was partly trying too hard and partly just a little blind. We ended up at Coaches Corner in Wetumpka, and several of our friends decided to join us for the festivities. There were so many people who came up to us and wanted to know what we were doing. Pictures were taken, and overwhelmingly, the comment made to us was that we were so much fun! Happiness and laughter was practically seeping from our pores!
Do people see that same kind of joy in us about Christ? We are told that joy comes from the Lord and that we should rejoice in Him. When we have the love of God in us, our spiritual cup should be overflowing with a happiness that only comes from the presence of the Spirit in our lives!
We’re told in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
1 Peter 1:9 says, “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Though we do not see Him…our joy for the Lord should be so much it’s almost too strong to be described. Our joy in the Lord should have people asking, “what do they have and how can I get it?!” It should be so genuine that it points others to the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
I know that some, though, may be going through difficult times and having the joy of the Lord may seem a long way in the distance. Pastor Trey said something tonight in our Wednesday night service that encouraged me. “Trials lead us to a place of exaltation.” Even when we’re simply enduring, we can be assured that God is with us and working in us to bring us through. There is joy to be found in even that, dear sisters.
I pray that this week we are exhibiting the joy we have in the Lord!