Day 16 in 40 Days of Joy

Tuesday, May 16th

Title: Entering Divine Joy

Scripture: Matthew 25:21 says,

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

Main Idea: Those who serve God faithfully enter fully into his joy.

For Hungry Readers: This is an excerpt from the parable of the stewards, in which Jesus tells of the rewards awaiting those who manage well what he entrusts to them during this life. We see a few important truths about joy.

First, again we see Jesus revealing that God is joyful. Our joy resembles little flickering candles compared to the supernova of God’s joy.

Second, the phrase “enter into the joy” suggests entering into a place: a room or land or nation. To come as a good servant into God’s presence is to enter into the presence of absolute joy. Everywhere we go in God’s presence is joy. Joy is a defining feature of God’s kingdom.

Think of what it is like to enter into someone’s love, approval, acceptance, favor. In the same way you will enter into God’s joy. In the kingdom of God we will share his joy, swim in the ocean of his joy, walk in the sunshine of his joy.

For the joy set before you, you should persevere in stewarding what God has entrusted to you, large or small. Be faithful in your responsibilities under your divine Master. Be diligent. Give your very best. Make the most of what he has given you. And someday you will enter a place of permanent joy in God that is beyond anything you can now imagine.

Faith and Worship Declarations: I praise you, O God, that you are a generous master who will reward me for my work. I thank you that someday I will enter into the full joy of my Master. By God’s grace I am a faithful and good steward.