Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Price of Joy

Yoked Bulls Image by Teodoro S Gruh

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

1 Corinthians 9:19
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

When we accept Jesus as both our Lord and Savior we are saved (1 John 5:12).   At that moment the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts (1 Cor.9:19) and our obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading brings about many benefits. One of these is Joy (Gal 5:22).  Joy can also flow as a result of spreading the Gospel and seeing people come to a saving faith in Christ (1Thess. 2:19).

When we are disobedient, the Holy Spirit does not leave (Eph. 4:30), rather we become more likely to sin (Gal 5:16).  A Christian who continues to sin becomes enmeshed in an ever downward sloping spiral of sin that consumes them and everyone around them.  At this point a Christian looks a lot like any other person walking this earth. For more on this condition, check Here.   We must choose to submit to the burdens of following God.   There will be a burden, but there will also be joy.

This post is part of the April Christianwriters.com Blog Chain on the topic “Joy.”  Check out all the Joy posts by clicking on the sidebar links.