The Joy of our Faith
This weeks reading plan: Luke 5:33-39
And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” (Luke 5:33)
When the Pharisees said this to Jesus, they were basically saying “You guys aren’t solemn enough… you’re having way too much fun!” Of course they were. They were hanging out with Matthew and his tax collector buddies, enjoying what was probably a lavish spread of food and drink.
And the Pharisees? They were outside the house, grumbling and complaining.
Let’s see, which group would I want to be part of? I don’t know about you, but I’d be hanging out with Jesus!
Some Christians are like the Pharisees; They think that in order to be godly, you have to be solemn. There isn’t any room for fun… there’s too much work to do. Zero fun.
I don’t subscribe to that philosophy, mainly because of what Jesus promised to give us – His Joy!
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:9-11)
I realize that life isn’t all about me and my “fun.” And yes, our work on this earth is important… but that doesn’t mean I have to walk around like I’ve just drank vinegar.
In fact, if anyone should be jumping for joy, it’s the Christian! We’ve been forgiven, adopted into the family of God, and we have the hope of eternity with God in Heaven!
So I suggest we walk in the joy and peace that the Lord gives us. Let the Pharisees worry about being solemn.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
We can change the world, one life at a time…