Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paul and the Joy of Christmas

At the beginning of 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul describes ministry in a wonderful way. Paul describes the work of he and other church leaders in terms of encouraging joy. Paul writes, “Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy…” Paul understands his ministry to the church as being a helper of joy.

Christians understand joy to be a satisfaction found in Jesus Christ. This satisfaction runs deeper than happiness or sadness. It keeps us and sustains us during the ups and downs of life. It gives us a sense of well being regardless of the circumstances around us.

We have an incredible opportunity to be a helper of that kind of joy this holiday season. During this time of the year, people sing, “Joy to the World.” Folks talk about the joys of dinner parties and gift exchanges. We can encourage people to find a joy that goes beyond this festive time of the year. We can encourage folks to find joy in the very reason for this festive time of year.

As you continue to navigate the holiday season, be a helper of joy. Point people to the soul satisfying goodness of Jesus. Tell folks how great Jesus is. Share about what the Lord has done in your life. As you do, you will grow in your own joy. You will also see that Jesus Christ is joy to the world indeed.

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