DAY 52 | START WITH JOY

 
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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:44

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The man, after finding the treasure and covering it up, went with joy. He started his journey back to all his old stuff, his old job, and his belongings—not withdrawn or depressed but with great joy. He could not wait to start his new life, and it started with joy.

We should return to that first joy we experienced when meeting Christ—that time in our lives when we first realized how valuable Jesus is. You may have grown up in church or you may have met Christ last month, but that initial joy is the same joy we can live by today.

This man who went back and bought the field was now living from a totally new perspective. He was no longer working for wages for he could now rest in this treasure. It would’ve been strange for this man to own this treasure which was so valuable—and would allow him a new way of living—to return to his old work. It would be even stranger for him to not sell everything he had to ensure this treasure was his.

How many times in our walk with Christ do we forget and, out of habit, go back to our old ways of living? Even though we are now empowered by grace, His Holy Spirit, to live full and victorious lives, we can easily slip back into living according to the flesh. As Paul said to the Galatians church, “Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1). He was reminding them that they had a treasure that did the work of salvation for them, that this whole Christian life is a life of surrendering to the work of this treasure. Ours is a constant relying on the riches of Christ rather than the pennies of our flesh.

This joy is not short-lived because the treasure never runs out. As long as we keep relying on the value of Christ, our joy will be sustained. His grace abounds, and therefore our joy abounds with it. Joy is the sign that we are fully alive.

Start with joy because you have found the greatest treasure in Jesus Christ.

// Pastor Josh Kelsey