I realize Sunday was a few days ago but I’ve been marinating on Sunday’s sermon since I heard it. Because it was all about joy and rejoicing.
I have to admit that I was late to church on Sunday because of the Bears game (if you can even call it a game!). I almost turned around when I realized I would be 20 minutes late to church. I almost chose to go grocery shopping thinking I could just listen to the sermon online later. But something told me to go, something (or Someone) told me to disregard being late and just go. So, I listened and kept driving with a little disappointment that I’d miss worship which is often my favorite part of church. I resolved to rock out to worship music on my way home to make up for it- which would not compare to the worship at the church I attend, but it was the only way I could make myself feel better for missing out on communal worship.
So, I walked in the doors, climbed the stairs and found the closest empty seat. I took out my Bible and journal wondering what the sermon was going to be on.
Oh yea, Philippians 4.
Oh yea, the book of joy.
It didn’t take me long to realize why I needed to be at this church service no matter how late I was. The pastor walked through three different ways to anchor our joy in Christ. Now, if any of you remember my previous post, you’ll know that I’m trying to learn how to look to God for my joy instead of the things of this world.
Great timing, huh?
The pastor walked us through verses 4-9 which point to three ways to find eternally anchored joy: 1. Pray which brings about peace. 2. Renew your mind by focusing on that which is true, lovely, noble, pure, etc. 3. Obedience brings fellowship with God who brings joy abundantly.
Pray, Renew, Obey.
Three steps. Three practical steps I’m determined to do because I’m tired of being disappointed in this world. I’m tired of searching for something which is worth my rejoicing. Why continue looking down here when all I have to do is look up, to my Father, for peace and joy?
(To listen to this sermon, click here.)