Spreading The Joy
Job 7:1-7; Psalm 147:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
What is the meaning of “joy” to you? For many, it is being able to do the things that you love to do, being able to share happy moments with the people we love, and a lot more. But how big is our world? Have we considered spreading joy to strangers who might need it?
Jesus reminded us that His purpose to be here on Earth was to proclaim the Good News to the world. He found joy in what He did. While most of us work during the busy week, what do we look forward to in our life? Some look forward for the weekend, because it’s the only time that they can do whatever they want, but is that what we are here for?
Many are allergic to the word “evangelism”, for they know that if they allow themselves to be evangelized, they will be deprived of much of what they can do with their spare time. Rick Warren wrote in “Purpose Driven Life“: “Evangelization is one of the purposes why we live.” How much of your time are you using for this purpose?
Jesus taught us that we cannot let God into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. When Jesus called Simon Peter to follow Him, Peter abandoned everything and followed Him. Same thing happened with His other disciples. This is a clear example for us to follow. For us to be Christians, we have to be like the 12 apostles, as well as all the other disciples that followed after.
You will be surprised to see how you’re desires quickly change when you follow the Lord. The Holy Spirit plants in you a fervent desire to serve the Lord, as a replacement for the ones that you will be losing, but you will find yourself in greater joy and peace when you are spirit-led as compared to doing your own thing.
I hear of people who once desired so many things for themselves, but somewhere along the line they were transformed. Suddenly the things that they desired for changed and as they looked at their year-long entries in their diaries, they found out that they did not miss any fun at all. In fact, they were having more fun now.
Let’s all pray that God plants in us a desire to follow Him and His ways.