The command to rejoice is one we are to apply to ourselves today, but let us not forget about the future.
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ,
that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.”
Heaven is our hope and our anticipation of it brings us joy. But there’s another future time that is to be on our minds–the Day of Christ, the day we stand before our Savior. Think about that day.
Crickets aren’t even there.
How is that day looking for you?
Our desire to eliminate guilt over works has gone way too far. We have convinced people that they can have joy with disobedience. You can’t. You might like to think so, but it’s not possible.
Paul had rejoicing because he had a testimony of laboring for the Word of God. When we do what God says there is joy. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus.”
Our exuberance to make much of grace has succeeded in making little of everything else. Heresy happens when one thing is pressed out of measure. There are many who deny the requirement to do good works and most of them have a hard time sleeping at night.
On the other side, there are those who think works save, and they also have a hard time sleeping at night. Rejoicing is not possible for either group.
But a group who knows we are in Christ, we are saved by His grace through the shedding of His blood and have been created unto good works and have been redeemed to be a peculiar people zealous of good works, a people who desire to make much of Christ in word and deed, oh, these people have joy!
Be one of them! Think about the Day of Christ regularly, and labor so that day will be joyful.