Think about it.
Joy. True joy.
It comes from a life that is driven by the things that please God… driven by the gospel–the Good News.
What’s that news?
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
(Luke 2:8-14 NLT)
He has come! But that’s not it! God’s love for the world brought Him to the place of sending His Son into the world to live a sinless life, die an innocent yet brutal death, and then rise from the grave. Jesus Christ the Messiah made the way for us to be right with God by making himself the perfect, final sacrifice for sin; and is alive and is preparing for our reunion with Him!
TRULY GOOD NEWS!!!
In the mean-time, we have the freedom to do the work of the ministry—to fulfill the mission of the Church… to live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Life is found in giving your life away.
Back to the original quote: … gospel-driven joy. True, lasting, supernatural joy that the world didn’t give and the world can’t take away; which is obtained from Christ and is sustained by doing the works of Christ—making disciples, caring for the orphans and widows, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, delivering hope to a dark and dying world.
Ah… the overwhelming feelings of that kind of joy.