“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. The reward for receiving him will be the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9
Finding joy in salvation is difficult to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I mean, I’ve never seen God, so how do I know He’s real? Even more so, why do I believe in Him?
I could try to explain God’s existence through the 7 wonders of the world or how intricate the human body is designed. BUT you might scoff and revert back to a half-baked explanation based on an article you read online…and I don’t want that. Want I want is to be honest with you.
So here it is. My belief and love for God is based on how drastically my life (and my heart) changed when I gave everything to Him on the floor of my apartment bathroom in 2011.
And knowing that millions of people every day are also worshiping and praying to a God they can’t physically see – overwhelms me.
What a beautiful portrayal of unshakable faith, true transformation, and devotion!
And YES, we go through some seriously tough times – but Christians will experience joy even when they aren’t necessarily happy, at that moment.
Because we know that the measly 80-90 years we spend on Earth are insignificant compared to forever in Heaven. Not only does “inexpressible joy” come naturally once you give your life to Christ, but you also get rewarded.
Oh yeah, it’s in the scripture. Read it again.
Now this reward can mean two things:
1). We now posses the result of our faith – a constant deliverance from the power of sin. In other words, we have someone to live for. We have purpose. The desire to blatantly sin doesn’t have room in our lives now. Of course we mess up, but we are more powerful – and less swayed – because He lives in us!
2). We are waiting to receive the full salvation of eternal glory in Heaven! Remember, joy comes not by what we acquire but as a result of whom we trust.
Email me if you want to know more about salvation: firstname.lastname@example.org