The Secret of Christian Joy

 A woman who “enjoyed her religion”, visited a very staid and formal church.churchbrickbuilding

“Amen!” she said, as the preacher brought out a point with which she agreed.

“Madam,” said the usher standing nearby, “Please try and restrain yourself. We don’t allow that in this church.”

In a few moments, she was so carried away by the sermon that she shouted, “Amen, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!”

The usher rushed to her side, “Madam! You must quiet down immediately, or leave!”

“I didn’t mean to disturb the service…but I am just so happy since I found the Lord,” she explained.

“You may have found the Lord,” retorted the usher severely, “but I am quite sure you didn’t find Him here!”1

John 20:20 says, “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

Here we have the secret of Christian joy: it turns upon those words, “then,” and “when.” We are glad when we see the Lord.

Spurgeon stated, “To rejoice in temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is heavenly. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above.”2

"We are glad when we see the Lord".

A well-known worker among sailors, the late Thomas Boue, once told his hearers of three good cheers, each of which was spoken by Jesus Christ.

The first is the cheer of forgiveness, as He said, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.”

The second is the cheer of companionship, as Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, it is I, don’t be afraid.”

The third is the cheer of victory, ‘Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world."

These three cheers cover all of life, for they deal with our past, present, and future. The sin of the past is blotted out for the Christian, the continual fellowship of Christ is offered for the present, and the future will reveal Christ as the conqueror over the world!3

    “When it comes to joy, you actually choose to be ‘Satan’s victim’ or ‘Christ’s victor.’”4

Reference:

  1. Adult Teacher Supplement, Third Quarter, July, August, September, 1968, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, 65802, p. 36
  2. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One (Part 2), Psalm XXVII to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 104
  3. Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 3
  4. Christian Clippings, P.O. Box 3867, Hudson, FL, November, 1997