5 Reasons for Joy as a Christian: Part 5

Well, we’re at the end of our series on Joy.

We’ve covered four spectacular reasons to have joy as a Christian: an unshakeable Kingdoma supreme LORD, a secure Inheritance, and God’s imperishable Word.

But there’s a fifth reason–Christ gives us eternal life.

Now this is incredibly good news. But first there’s bad news. The bad news is that you can’t get to God on your own.

The Bible says if you break one of God’s commands—If you’ve ever lied or stolen or hated or dishonored your parent—then it’s like you’ve broken them all.

Regardless of how popular or pretty or religious or wealthy you are. Regardless if you go to church twice a year or twice a week.

And when you break them all (or just one), here’s what will happen.

When you pass from this earth, you’ll appear before God. He’ll show you every offense you ever committed, every stinking last one. He’ll shake his head very sadly and say, “I’m sorry. Your sins have condemned you,” and a tear will drop from his eye. Heaven will become very silent and still.

But if you have trusted in Jesus, then Jesus will step forward. The rustling of his feet will break the silence, and he’ll say, “Yes, your sins have condemned you—but my blood covers them all—you have been redeemed.”

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And heaven will break out in chorus. You’ll run to your Father, who was once your judge, and he’ll say, “You’re home now,” and you’ll enjoy eternity with him.

John 3:16 says,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So let me ask you–Do you have Triumphant Kingdom Joy?

Or do you have circumstantial happiness that comes and goes like the tides?

We have an unshakeable Kingdom, but are you part of it?

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We have God’s imperishable Word, but is your life based on it?

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We have a supreme LORD, but are you submitted to him?

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We have a secure inheritance, but are you walking in it?

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We have eternal life, but you have received it?

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I close with this:

On a recent mission trip to the Philippines, we were on the island of Masbate. We held an outdoor crusade to tell the town about Jesus.

A remote village called Bugtong heard about the crusade.

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They walked to the crusade, ten miles each way. Ten miles each way on the hot dusty road in 100-plus degree heat because they wanted to hear about Jesus.

At the end, 21 of them joined God’s Kingdom by trusting in Jesus.

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Now listen to me, I don’t know how many steps they each took on that dry and dusty road, but I’m asking God to show you what your next Kingdom step is.

If you’re not experiencing triumphant kingdom joy, I’m asking God to show you why.

Maybe you’re not living by his imperishable Word.

Or maybe you haven’t made him LORD of your life.

Maybe you don’t know about Christ’s unshakeable Kingdom.

Or maybe there are pieces of your inheritance you haven’t picked up.

Maybe you haven’t received eternal life.

I don’t know, but God will show it to you. And your move is to take the step.

You don’t have to walk ten miles, you just have to take that one step.

In Christ, Triumphant Kingdom joy is yours.

 

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Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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One thought on “5 Reasons for Joy as a Christian: Part 5

  1. Thank you for what you are doing for the kingdom of our Lord and Savior.

    I am developing a picture book for people with dementia. The image on this blog of Christ’s ascention would be helpful in that project. Could you refer me to the source so I can inquire there about licensing rights to reproduce it?

    Thanks in advance for your help.