Shirley Caesar sang a song entitled, “This Joy That I Have, The World Didn’t Give It To Me; and The World Can’t Take It Away.” This joy is her relationship with Jesus Christ. In times past, when people came to Jesus they would fellowship or connect with His church. The church is a place where the joy of the Lord is reflected in His people, our service to our God is demonstrated and the love of our Christ is felt in the presence of His people. Every church member should mirror the love, the joy, and the peace of God.
Unfortunately, many church members have lost their joy due to distraction, disenchantment or disengagement from ministry. They were distracted when someone or something else became a priority in their lives. It could be that other activities are now their focal point rather than serving in ministry. Disenchantment could be the result of working with people or church leadership. A shift in the message or methodology has stolen their joy. This can lead to disengagement in ministry which signals frustration or weariness in serving in the church.
We can be joyous church members when we realize whom we are serving, why we are serving and the significance of our service. Serving God and His people as well as people in the community ushers in an unexplainable joy. A joyous church member maintains that joy when they focus on their ministry and mission assignment in the church.
1. Our focus should be on the saving grace of Jesus. He has transformed our lives and encouraged us to engage in transforming the lives of others. The business of the church is to win people to Jesus Christ. This should be our focus. Our message is love and forgiveness.
2. We are called to serve one another as we worship together, work together and study God’s word together. This prepares us to serve the community together. Commit yourself to engage in ministry and missions. Be God’s vessel to bless others.
3. Think about God’s love, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and deliverance to recapture the joy of the Lord. This should motivate us to serve the Lord, support the ministry and His church as we share the joy of the Lord with others.
An attitude of gratitude should make a joyous church member.