Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Grace That Leads to Joy - Part 4

Thursday, June 2, 2016
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Philippians 4:23(NLT)
We are under the influence of grace that changes us while leading us to joy.  So far we’ve seen that grace can help us see the joy in the midst of tragedy, that it will make you joyfully-grateful, and help you become a joyful giver. 
And now…

Grace makes you a joyful glorifier of God.

Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.  Philippians 4:20 (NLT)
It seems Paul often stopped to praise God from whom all blessings flowWe also ought to give praise instead of gripe persistently. 
Considering the fact that God deserves our praise, and we are created for Him, and not ourselves, it ought to be without question.  However, we don't even have the ability to glorify God, except that He gives that also! 
Danny West[2] tells how he tried time and again when he was a teenager to ring the bell.  It was one of those contraptions that had a slam-board and a bell at the top.  You slap that board with a hammer, and the weight flies upward to ring the bell.  He never could ring it, no matter how hard he tried. 
Ringing that bell became a driving passion.  Even with all his adrenaline flowing and his friends rooting him on, he could not ring that bell. 
We have the same problem in doing church
There is not anything we can do, including worship, except by the grace of God.  We religiously do our rituals, pay our tithes, and go through the cultural rites – but where is the joy?  I am not saying we ought to cancel the church services.  However, it seems we ought to be a little more like Paul, and recount the blessings till we cannot but stop and sing the Doxology!

For You Today

How’s it going in worship – do you occupy a pew, or worship with everything ounce of your being the eternal Creator and Sustainer of the Universe who loves you enough to die for you?
You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road today…have a blessed day!

[1] Title Image: By Meghana Kulkarni from Pune, India (Happiness), via Wikimedia Commons

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