November 1, 2013

Happiness in an Unhappy World…

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…  He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 24

As I sit and contemplate how the Lord is moving among the young to which He has given me charge... I am keenly aware of the world into which we will launch them.  I understand that it is full of immorality and corruption.  If you are like me, you often wonder how the young are going to manage to live in a world that seems to be growing darker and darker by the day. My brothers and sisters, I want to say that we must not despair, instead we ought to rejoice.  

You may wonder, how can we express joy when sin is so rampant.   You may contemplate and ask how we can celebrate when our church and baptismal numbers in America are in decline.  You may feel the weight of sin and the hopelessness of living in a fallen world.  However, my fellow Christians, take heart for we follow one who is faithful.   

Take comfort in the realization that the one who will walk with the young as they wade through the filth of this fallen world is trustworthy. My friends, passionately express your joy daily for our God is worthy of praise and adoration.  Let your life and words communicate the delight you take in your Savior and encouragement you find in Him.