Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Really? Be joyful always? Pray continually? Give thanks in all circumstances? This is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus?? Really??
YES! Easy??? No. But absolutely possible. Because God never asks us to do anything for which He will not equip us! And God never asks us to do anything that is not for our very best and to accomplish His very highest purpose for each of us: To conform us to the likeness of His Son our Lord Jesus!
Are things frustrating? Overwhelming? Sad? Frightening? Of course they are. We’re living in a broken—frustrating, overwhelming, sad, frightening—world. But! That is NOT the end of the story…nor should it be the foundation of our focus!
Jesus Christ has died and is risen! His Spirit and His Word are with us at every moment! And Jesus Christ is the King of all Eternity—and He will return to rule with power and majesty forever and ever!
Now that should give us more than enough reason to be joyful always!!
So! Why don’t we lighten up a little bit! Let’s focus—and keep—our eyes on our Lord Jesus and His eternal, joy-giving perspective! And let’s do that with continual prayer and with great thanksgiving!! This is, after all, God’s will for us in Christ Jesus!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane