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?
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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