Jumping With Joy

How is your joy level on this day after Easter Sunday?

Resurrection Day is always filled with reminders of our God-given joy. The preacher shares an amazing message of an empty tomb and a risen Savior. The church's musicians present an acting and singing program that tells of Jesus' powerful love. We all go home uplifted and ready to take on the world.

And then Monday comes. Instead of jumping with the joy of the resurrection, we sit still like this little frog. We know he has the potential to jump high and far, but right now he's still as a statue.

What happened between yesterday and today? God didn't change. He hasn't changed since the beginning of time. The story of Jesus' Gospel hasn't changed. He still loves, He still saves and He still changes people's lives.

The difference is that our heart attitude changes. Sure, yesterday was a fantastic celebration of what Christ has done for us. It's easy to worship in a sanctuary full of fellow believers. But the Lord's challenge to us on this Monday after Easter is to jump with joy in our everyday life.

The little frog will jump surprisingly high and tremendously far with the right motivation. If I poked him with a stick, he'd jump as far as he could because of the prodding to move.

The Holy Spirit is motivating us every moment of every day to jump with joy for our risen King! Regardless of circumstance and situation, each and every one of us can be a joyous Christian woman. There is joy in serving Jesus Christ. There is joy in sharing His story with a lost and dying world. And there is joy in a personal relationship with the God of Heaven and Earth.

How high can you jump?

Comments

  1. Well amen, that is a great message here, yes how do we let satan steal our joy over night? If we just keep our eyes on Jesus we will always have joy, peace and love for those around us. Thank you for this, it is good, and much needed.
    In is care, Barbara from
    http://bakinnbitsbarbara.blogspot.com/

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  2. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Thanks your comments. It caught my eye because I posted an article on Oswald Smith's hymn, "Joy in Serving Jesus," this morning. The Christian life and service for Christ is a mixture of joys and sorrows. My own 40 years of full-time ministry confirms that. The Apostle Paul understood it too. He wanted to finish his service for the Lord with joy (Acts 20:24), but experienced sorrows as well (Rom. 9:1-3). And sometimes we labour on with joys postponed, or anticipated up ahead (Heb. 12:2). God bless.

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