With Joy I Will Serve the Lord

In the Book of Nehemiah 12:43 it says; “And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy.” The people were celebrating because when they were down to nothing God was up to something. When the people of Jerusalem gave themselves over to God and were wholly devoted to him things began to happen in their lives, so too for you some two thousand years later. When you give all to the one who gave all for you, a joy sparks in our spirit that renews the hope lost in your problems.

So how can you find joy in our daily life? Joy comes through Jesus, Others, and Yearning. The Bible says in Luke 2:10-11; “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born for you. He is the Christ the Lord.” The Savior has been born for you. If you were the only one left on earth, he still would have come to die for your sins. What great joy to find peace in the peace maker. However, this joy can’t be kept between you and God, but it has to be shared with others. By sowing into other people’s lives, you reap a joy that can’t be translated into words.

Think back to when you were a child, you enjoyed receiving a gift at Christmas time and your birthday. But as you got older those gifts became less necessary, and the focus turned from you to those who you love. Today your joy comes from giving a gift to a loved one and seeing their face light up. When you share the gospel, you share the joy that God first imparted to you so many years ago and the joy that has comforted you through the good and bad times in your life.

When you sow into someone’s life, a harvest will come back to you. Psalm 126:5-6 says; “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” The scripture should remind you that even when your problems seem big, God says he will bless you more when you bless others. You may leave your home sad, angry, hurt, or worried, but when you help someone else, you will come back more joyful than you went out.

Lastly, there has to be a yearning for God. When you serve God with joy, there is a longing for perfection that can only be found in him. Will your life always be perfect, no? But when you serve God, you serve a perfect person three in one who will give you the joy that will last for eternity. Joy is not easy to find on your own. You might think you have joy in the stuff all around you, but someday that too will get old and break down, but God’s love, encouragement, and joy only grow in your life.

So, make a promise to yourself this week that you will serve the Lord with joy in your heart.