Where Does Your Joy Come From

Is anyone feeling a mondaze coming on? The weekend has officially ended and yesterday, we heard an amazing sermon on the book of Philippians; we learned about the context of this epistle and examined the life of Paul but now, it’s the next day and reality is here. At times, it is hard to rejoice when we have a full work week ahead of us. It is hard to find joy in waking up early when the weekend went by so fast. We simply go back to our routines and we might forget about the example Paul lived out for us. I’m here to tell you that these four short chapters can be one of the most amazing Monday Motivations we can ever receive! It is something I want you to focus on all week. In this epistle, the words joy and rejoice appear 16 times; with that in mind, it is a perfect insight as to how we should treat the rest of our week.

In Philippians 1: 18-20, Paul writes, “… Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Paul rejoiced in his sufferings; he rejoiced in sharing the gospel; he found joy in prayer; he found joy in fellowship, and most importantly, he found joy in the Lord. On this Monday, it’s so easy to complain- but let’s be reminded that Paul was writing from Prison- if he can find joy and rejoice there, why can't we? Where does your joy come from? Let's remember together that the source of all joy is rooted in knowing Jesus Christ and Him alone!

Yours in Christ,

Nicholas Amado