Joy

Everyday with God

Read Colossians 1:3-14
Have you had a good week? Occasionally, (okay often), it's hard to recall what happened two or three days ago, much less how the experiences affected you, but think back on what you experienced. Most likely we've all experienced an assortment of emotions including excited, sad, thankful, mad, uncertain, anxious, joyful and more. As you think back, what are the things that made you experience joy and satisfaction? Or look at the other side, when were you really disappointed, discouraged or unmotivated?
 
Paul Tripp* proposes that our answer to these reflections may function as a window to our hearts:
 
'Here's the bottom-line question; How much of your joy, celebration, grief, or anger in the last week had anything whatsoever to do with the kingdom of God? Even as I type these words, I am convicted myself. I'm convicted by how much of my joy is connected to getting my own way. To people and things not being in my way, or to actually getting some physical thing I've set my heart on.
 
There are times when my heart grasps the magnitude of God's grace, and I celebrate. There are times when I am captured by the work of God's kingdom. There are times when I do find joy in serving others. There are times when I am deeply content in the worship of God. I wish I could say that these things were always true of me, but they are not.
 
So, take time to examine your heart. Take time to exegete your grief or unpack your joy, because if you do, you will see there is evidence of God's transforming grace at work, but there is also evidence of the need for that grace to do more. Yes, you have been and are being rescued, but your grief and celebration tell you that the war for your heart still rages on and, like me, you need grace to continue to do its rescuing and transforming work every day.'
 
Questions for reflection-
 
+ What did the apostle Paul give thanks for in Colossians 1?
+ Thank God that he is continuing to work in your heart so that your greatest joy may be the kingdom of God.
 
 
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                          
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
 
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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