Recently I was struck by a few verses in 1 Thessalonians 5. In this chapter the Apostle Paul is writing to the church in Thessalonica about the end of times. He encourages them not to fear the end of the age, but to live confidently knowing Christ will return. Paul gives them some final instructions on how to live.
It was verses 16-18 that struck me – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Paul gave 3 actions we are called to live out that will help us follow the will of God instead of the way of the world.
The first action is “Rejoice always.” We are called to live joyfully all the time. When life is easy and fulfilling, and when life is challenging and we feel defeated. We are commanded to rejoice ALWAYS.
- You are short-staffed at work and feeling overwhelmed – Rejoice!
- You didn’t do well on the test you took that you studied extra hard for – Rejoice!
- You are struggling watching your children grow up and face challenges on their own – Rejoice!
While none of these situations are enjoyable, we are still called to rejoice. As believers we know that the pain and hardships of this life are only temporary. We can remain joyful in knowing our salvation lives in Christ alone and we will worship Him forever in eternity.
Your Monday Mission is to “rejoice always” with the joy of your salvation.