Day 8 in 40 Days of Joy

Monday, May 8th

Title: Learning Where to Find Joy

Scripture: In Luke 10:19–20 Jesus told his disciples,

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Main Idea: In regard to what brings us joy, we often put too much weight on things of lesser importance and too little weight on things of greatest importance. Knowing that your name is written in God’s Book of Life should always be one of your greatest sources of joy.

For Hungry Readers: Jesus had sent the disciples out on a mission to heal the sick and drive out demons and had given them authority to succeed. When they returned, they were ecstatic over their newfound power. But Jesus puts things in perspective.

If we are to be Christians who rejoice always, we need to learn to rejoice in the right things. If we are chronically sad, we are not putting “joy weight” on the right things. If your name is in the Book of Life, you always have ample reason to rejoice. If you are saved, you ultimately gain everything; if you are lost, you ultimately lose everything.

Faith Declarations: I rejoice that because of my sincere faith in Jesus Christ, my name is in the Book of Life.