Day Five: The Talk of the Nations

Psalm 126:3 (Message)

We were the talk of the nations –
  “God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
  we are one happy people.

“We cannot make ourselves joyful. Joy cannot be commanded, purchased or arranged. But there is something we can do. We can decide to live in response to the abundance of God and not under the dictatorship of our own poor needs. We can decide to live in the environment of a living God…We can decide to center ourselves in the God who generously gives and not in our own egos which greedily grab.” [E. Peterson]

“The joy that develops in the Christian way of discipleship is an overflow…that comes from feeling good not about yourself but about God. We find that his ways are dependable, his promises sure.” [E. Peterson]

Therefore… “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean revel in him! Make it clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” (Phil 4:4 MSG)

Is there a “responsive-joy-in-Jesus” overflowing from you and into your church, missional group, or campus ministry? Are you helping them see the Master? What holds you back?

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean revel in him!” How can we ‘practically’ do this celebrating and reveling more in our lives together? What will it look like?

Let’s pray that we will celebrate and make much of Jesus in our churches, missional groups and campus ministries. Let’s ask for Jesus’ contagious joy for one another.

– TR

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