“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
A minister once recounted being reproached by the Lord. In his confusion, he defended himself, saying, “I have done all you said I should do. There hasn’t been a time I have been disobedient.” The divine response was sobering: “You have done all you should do but with murmuring and complaint in your heart” —paraphrased.
This prompts us to consider how we present our sacrifices of obedience to God. Are our actions accompanied by a stern countenance, as if we obey reluctantly? Do we obey outwardly but harbour complaints within?
Dear Christian, the lesson here is to learn to dance. In essence, rejoice consistently in God’s presence. Offer your sacrifices of obedience with joy and thanksgiving in your heart.
If you wonder, “How can I do this even when I’m hurting?” The answer is simple: Focus on the One you’re offering the sacrifice to. Concentrating on God reminds you that though the sacrifice may seem burdensome, the One who requested it is just, good, kind, and LORD OF ALL. It’s a privilege that He deems you worthy, reason enough to dance and illuminate your face with the joy derived from this honor.
Study: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Action: Cultivate a habit of rejoicing irrespective of your circumstances.
Welcome to October!