"His lord said unto him, Well done,

good and faithful servant:
thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:21


"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy . . . " Psalm 5:11 The lyrics from a Christian song prompted me to write this message. These words continually run through my mind ~ I hope they do yours also: "We will know joy ~ we wil know peace ~ when we hear Him say, 'Well done!' We'll come before the throne of God ~ we will know joy when we see Jesus!"

"Joy" is one of God's great gifts! His Kingdom, "is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17). Paul prays in behalf of his readers that God may "fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13). The fruit of the Spirit is like a string of precious pearls, including these: "Love, joy, peace, patience . . ." (Galatians 5:22). "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then I will teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Psalm 51:12,13

The chief source of the joy of Christians is Jesus Christ, who, having completed our salvation, rose from the dead to put our joy on a firm and permanent footing. "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy." 1Thessalonians 2:19,20 Paul says that one of the great things he anticipates when Christ comes to take His church will be the opportunity to see these people whom he has led to the Lord. The Thessalonian believers whom he had won to Christ were a joy for him here and will be hereafter.

By the way, is anyone going to be in heaven who will come up to you and thank you for having a part in giving out the Word of God? Have you given your support to missions? If you have, someone you have never known, someone from the other side of the earth, may come up to you and thank you for your support. He will thank you for being interested in getting out the Word of God that reached him and enabled him to be saved! That, dear friend, is going to be part of the reward that we will get in heaven. It is a wonderful hope to look forward to the time when Christ Jesus takes the church out of this world. It is even more joyous to know that someone who trusted Christ because of your witness will go along with you to meet the Lord!

"And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost." 1Thessalonians 1:6 There is not a person today who is enjoying the world's entertainment and is suffering at the same time. The world cannot put these two together. Paul says that the Word was received "in much affliction" ~ there was suffering, persecution, and heartache. But there was the joy of the Holy Spirit also. That is the bittersweet of life; like the Chinese dish they call "sweet and sour." For the Christian there can be that which is sour and bitter in life, while at the same time there is sweetness in the heart and life.

"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." Romans 5:11 We joy in God! What an awesome statement! It means that right now, wherever you are, whatever your problems are, you can joy, rejoice, in God. Just think of it! You can rejoice that He lives and that He is who He is. You can rejoice because He has provided a salvation for us and is willing to save us sinners and bring us into His presence someday. He has worked a plan to save us because of His love for us. Isn't that enough to make us rejoice?

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." James 1:2 "Divers temptations" means various trials. In other words, when you are having trouble, don't start crying as if something terrible has happened to you. You are to rejoice and count it all joy that God is testing you in this way! People piously say that they have accepted God's will, yet go around with long faces and weep half the time. However, you are not reconciled to the will of God until you can rejoice.

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." Jude 24-25 If you want to know the place that Jesus Christ should have in your life, especially in these days of apostasy, here it is in this marvelous benediction. "Through Jesus Christ our Lord" ~ He is God. And He is our Lord ~ He should be the Lord of our lives. Glory should be given to Him. We should glorify Him, tell how great He is, how wonderful He is, how mighty He is and mighty to save! He is majestic, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is mighty ~ all power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth.

This universe has not slipped from under His control. All authority belongs to Him, and one day we are going to bow our knee to Him! "And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord." Psalm 27:6 This is how the psalmist determined to express his joy: with sacrifices of thanksgiving, with shouts of joy, with singing and making music to God. We should be doing this as well!

Aside from the great gift of salvation, God grants other gifts, and these prompt our joy and thanks: the birth of a new baby, recovery from illness, doing well in school, better opportunities at work, enjoyable, safe travel, visits with friends. Since it is from God that all blessings flow, it is only right that we thank Him.

Heavenly Father, grant that we may find joy in serving others. Help us to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, so that our words will be reflected from Your Word. Lord Jesus, You are our priceless treasure, our truest Friend, and we thank You for bringing joy into our lives. Amen.

God Bless You All as you have a "joyous" day. And remember as you begin your day, no matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may. The world may need just that quality of light which you have.



"Lord Dictated Them"





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