JOY-INWARD JOURNEY THAT LEADS TO JESUSMay 30th, 2013 | Category: From The Pastor
JOY – AN INWARD JOURNEY THAT LEADS TO JESUS “I think I must be the happiest man in the world! I’ve never met anyone who has as much fun as I have.” Who said these words? A famous athlete? A wall street tycoon? A Hollywood celebrity? No! These words were spoken by a Christian missionary, Frank Laubach, whose life has been dedicated to promoting literacy among the down trodden people of the world. He described how men and women weep for joy when they discover how to read. We can learn several things about joy in life’s journey from Dr. Laubach. First, joy is a by-product not a goal. Dr. David Jeremiah notes: “People who start out with the purpose of trying to become happy seldom arrive at that place.” Frank Laubach didn’t pursue prosperity or worldly success, but he found true joy. The discovery of true joy is also an inward journey which Jesus described in the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12). Read it for yourself! There’s not one single reference to health, wealth, work, income, prosperity, your love life or friends. Christ knew that these things can sometimes accompany joy, but they do not produce it! “Happy are the poor in spirit!” “Oh the bliss of the persecuted!” Huh? Such joy can only be a work of the Spirit! Galatians 5:23 reminds us that one of the fruits of the Spirit is… “joy!” Finally, joy in the journey of life leads to Jesus. When I was a child we learned to spell “joy” like this. J-Jesus O-Others Y-Yourself When everything about Jesus’ earthly life was coming apart, and He was about to die and He knew His closest friends would dessert Him, he said, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). May you find true joy in life’s journey! In Jesus’ Love, Pastor Mike
Rev. Matt Merendino was called to be our associate pastor in August of 1993. His primary area of ministry is with youth. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1992 and was ordained in the Fall of 1997. Matt and his wife, Missie, were married in 1992 and have 4 children.