“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” -(Luke 12:32; NIV)
It seems lately I have seen so many people with wearisome demeanors. They walk around with frowns. They use harsh tones. They can’t make eye contact. They walk with shoulders drooped. They just don’t have life to their body.
The sad part is these people claim to have a relationship with Jesus!
Now, I totally understand people can have a bad day. I know people can have a bad week. However, when it is a regular look or tone that doesn’t leave, then there’s a problem.
Our lives are stressful. There are people who can tick us off. There are situations that can be overwhelming. It is undeniable that the world can feel heavy on us at times. Yet, we have a God who says He has conquered the world and the weight is no longer ours to bear!
So, why do we allow ourselves to walk in such a way as to undermine His authority?
God is sovereign. God doesn’t lie. He is in control. These are phrases we can say all the time, heck, we even buy the shirts, but we don’t live like we mean it!
If we believe the words He says and the words we read in the Bible, then how can we walk in anger, bitterness, frustration, beat down, etc.? How can we walk like the world wins when we hold to the faith that Jesus has won?!
Christ died so He could take our burdens to the grave. He rose again to reveal the truth of who He is. We don’t serve a dead God because that would be pointless. We serve a God who is alive and has given us life!
We walk with a God who said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NIV). He has called for us to rest in Him and allow Him to care for us in our brokenness. He also said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1; NIV). Our hearts should not be shaped by the troubles of this world, but the healing of our Father. He is our refuge and relieves us of our burdens!
We can say we believe, but we need to walk like we believe it! He is alive! Let us walk like He is alive!
May we walk with joy on our faces! May we walk with love in our hearts and our voice! May people see the truth of a risen savior in all those who believe in Him!
Our attitudes should reflect that of a true risen Savior and not a false dead god.
Jesus came for us to have peace and for us to reveal His peace to others. He does not want His creation to walk holding their heads low and chewing off the heads of those who dare to be joyous!
Satan longs for God’s people to continue in oppression, but Christ has come to reveal a freedom through His life!
Let us walk with our living God and encourage others to join in the journey.
QUESTION: Do you find it hard to walk in joy?