Rejoice, what does that look like? Well you can see genuine rejoicing when something happens to a person that they truly are overjoyed about. One such example in my life, was the fist time I held my now, 21 month old baby girl. There was no news in the world that could have taken the joy away from me, there were only tears of joy.
So the question is, how do we rejoice like this in spiritual things? How does one constantly live a life of rejoicing and praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? The answer may be a simple one but it is an answer that is far too often neglected on a daily basis and when going through trials.
We have been saved from our sins!! We have the hope of eternal life! We have a God who is a personal, caring, and loving God. We are His own possession, a chosen people, a holy nation! If you think for a moment how the Jews felt, knowing God had chosen them for a special purpose and that He was with them, more than any other people at that time, it must have felt pretty good. The problem was that they took it for granted, how special they really were, and if we are not careful we can do the same.
The scriptures teach that those who have received the mercy of God, salvation, are God’s own possession. People take care of things they have bought and paid for, how much more will God do the same. Paul gives us some insight into his secret of being able to rejoice always.
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
This week, if you want to truly rejoice, think on the things that God wants you to be thinking about and there will be no reason not to rejoice. When you think about God and what He has done through His Son, one cannot help but Rejoice always!
Have a week of rejoicing and thanksgiving to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit!