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Mirror the joy of the Lord
October 18, 2010
by Pastor Billy Wallace, Dassel Church of Christ

I met a 20-something young lady who wanted to become a Christian. She had visited our church a few times, but I hadn’t gotten the chance to really sit down and visit with her.

I asked how she had come to this conclusion. To give you a brief recap of her reasons, she really just said that she was having fun at church. She said she’d never had fun at church. It made her realize that she was missing something in her life. She did not have the joy that she should have. She realized she needed Jesus Christ in her life.

I wondered, “Was it so strange to have fun at church? Are we doing something wrong?”

I don’t think we are doing anything wrong, because our worship on Sunday should be an expression of who we truly are. But, if our worship of God is dull and boring, and borderline depressing, what does that say about us?

Psalms 33:1-4 says this about our worship: “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

This doesn’t endorse any particular church or style of music. It just seems to say worship should be fun! It should be lively! It should be full of passion and joy!

If we are full of passion and love for God, if we are full of joy, don’t you think people will see that in our worship?

I think it’s great to walk into a church and see people gathered before the worship service starts and hear laughter. I love to see smiles on people’s face as they enter the sanctuary to worship.

I hope that you are a witness to people, who look at you and think, or even say, “I want the joy that they have. I would love to be able to laugh and enjoy life like they do.”

Maybe people will see their desperate need for Jesus Christ because of our joy.