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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Peter 1:8)

JUMPING FOR JOY

A few months ago, we (Melanie and Shanita) were introduced to and soon met in person a sister and follower of Christ, whom we later found out, would be a friend forever. Before we met her, we heard great things about the ministry that God called her into and how she passionately and sacrificially lived for Christ. To us, she was a testament of the Lord working through His servants and the face of Holy Spirit living. We had the opportunity to chat with her via Facebook inbox for a few days; there we shared our passions and stepping out on faith stories, and she’d come right back with her stories of faith and love for God. This was an amazing virtual friendship and we couldn’t wait to meet her in person.

A few days went by and we found out that she would be driving through Charlotte for a short time. We immediately decided to meet up. We arrived at the coffeehouse early (yes, we LOVE coffee!) and awaited her arrival. We were on pins and needles, jumping every time the doors would open. Unexpectedly, we looked up and she was standing right there! Her back was toward us, so we called her name to make sure it was her. The shrieks of joy, laughter, tears, and hugs should have surely put us out of the place, but people just smiled and went on about their business. At that gathering, we pretty much soaked up each other’s lives briefly, yet it seemed like hours and at many points we were just at a loss for words by being in each other’s presence!

This is what Peter means when he says, “ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” None of us have seen the Savior, but until that day when we meet Him face to face, we wait for Him in great anticipation. Rejoice in this verse means to jump for joy, and the meaning of joy unspeakable means so cheerful that your words cannot be uttered. This is how we should feel about Christ!

Have you ever had a moment where you were so excited that you could jump for joy and yet be at a loss for words at the same time? Wasn’t that a great feeling?

We read passages about Jesus’ sacrificial love for us, His servant attitude, His character, His missionary journeys, His resurrection, His worship, and His love for doing the Father’s will. We, in turn, learn to love Him. Awaiting His arrival, we jump for joy because He is so glorious and because we’re so glad to know Him; and to be in His presence one day we are sure we will barely be able to find the words to express our elation! Oh what joy we should have daily being in the Spirit! With the Spirit of God in us, we are daily in His presence. (Matthew 28:20; John 14:16-18, 1 John 4:4). WE SHOULD BE JUMPING FOR JOY! So, let us be watchful for the physical appearing of the Lord (Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6), anticipating His arrival at any moment.

While we wait:
Let us jump for joy for even knowing such a wonderful Savior!
Let us be at a loss for words describing His goodness!
Let us be full of glory as we magnify His name before others!


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2 comments

  1. Yes God is amazing and when He show up, God definitely show
    OUT! What a Joy!!! Love you!

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  2. Another well spoken commentary ladies! I'm glad you had a chance to meet up with your friend. Everyday I think of Heaven and Jesus' glorious return. Your message brought to mind a conversation I had a week ago with a brother in the faith. He was telling me about his evangelizing efforts and how some talked about enjoying their sinful lives and how they plan to repent at the last minute when Jesus returns...oh what gull and arrogance! Anyway, thanks for your continued work here and in your community. May God continue to bless you.

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