ENTER THE JOY

Matt. 25:21 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.

Ever since Christ came into my life I have thought about the day when I will hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master”. That will be the beginning of uninterrupted joy that will last for eternity. Or will it be the beginning? Actually I have been shocked repeatedly at the availability of heavenly joy in this present age. Not the kind of joy that comes from checks in the mail, unexpected gifts, or even falling in love with the love of your life. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those things as much as the next person but there is a joy much greater, infinitely greater, than anything this life can afford. This joy that is available for us in Christ today is only a taste, a foretaste of the unspeakable joys of heaven. One of the early Puritan pastors, John Trappe, relished this joy. Here are some of his thoughts on heaven’s joy.

“Here is as much said as can be, but words are too weak to utter it. For quality there is in heaven joy and pleasures; for quantity, a fulness, a torrent whereat they drink without let or loathing; for constancy, it is at God’s right hand, who is stronger than all, neither can any take us out of his hand; it is a constant happiness without intermission: and for perpetuity it is for evermore. Heaven’s joys are without measure, mixture, or end.”
Trappe said that words are too weak to utter the greatness of this joy we find in Christ. Peter called it glorified, unspeakable joy. This joy is the definition of ‘too good to be true’; but it is true. This is the joy we were born to enjoy; only this joy can finally fulfill us and answer the eternal questions that swirl inside of all of us. This is the joy that empowers the Christian to live godly in this filthy world. Rather than settling for the foolish pleasures of this age, we drink of the cup of the age to come that delivers us from the false joys of this evil world. This is the joy that constrains us to share Christ to whomever will listen to us. We have tasted the pleasures of God and want everyone we know to enjoy it with us. Yes there is a greater joy just ahead for all of us but the joy we have today in Christ is bigger than any of us had ever dreamed. Go ahead, enter into the joy of the Lord.

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