Howdy y’all! This week I had one of the best times of my life! See, what happened is I went to TeenPact. TeenPact is a Christian organization that teaches students how to successfully engage in politics and culture. I mainly attended to learn about government, but God showed me so much more!
TeenPact is known for its AWESOME worship and devotions. Our camp leader taught on the Book of Philippians, a letter written to the city of Philippi a few decades after Christ ascended. Paul, the author of the letter, was a traveling missionary who boldly proclaimed the gospel. But because of that boldness, he was imprisoned by the Roman government countless times, and Philippians was supposedly written during one of those imprisonments.
Despite all the pain, the sorrow, and the difficulties Paul faced, he maintained vibrant joy.
Chapter 1 verses 18-19 said, “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.”
This was a shocker for me! Paul is in jail, persecuted, alone, in danger of his life, and he can still have joy? I can’t even wash the dishes without complaining! But verses 12-13 say, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”
Bam!! This is the secret to having joy! It’s knowing that through every circumstance, every bit of hardship, I am glorifying to God. Just knowing that the Maker of the Universe, the King of Kings, the Master of Humanity is pleased with me and that He has a wonderful, incomparable plan ending in deliverance fills me with JOY.
Here’s a challenge for this week: love God’s plan. Let it fill you with joy knowing that everything has a purpose and that your struggles, when turned to Christ, will glorify him. Let’s work to end our complaining and let’s always rejoice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!”
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