And What About the In-Between?

Joy at the start/Joy at the finish

The Christian life begins with a BANG! All our sins are washed away, and the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

No wonder after baptism the Ethiopian “went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:38-39), and the Philippian jailer “rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household” (Acts 16:34).

Finally, the Christian life culminates in being ushered into God’s presence–joys forever!

And for now?

How can we rejoice between the starting block and the finish line?

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Joy depends on what we know: “. . . we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope . . .”  (Romans 5:3-4).

“For you . . . accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one” (Hebrews 10:34).

What they knew we can know. What they knew brought them joy, and it still does!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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