Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
When we think of God’s will for our lives, we usually associate it with thoughts of being a teacher, pastor, or missionary. We envision working alongside others in a ministry or church organization of some sort, assisting the poor or those who injustices are thrust upon. Indeed, these are the will of God, and he will place us where he chooses and we are best suited and designed for.
Those are the positions, titles, and tasks lived out in varying geographical locations. Here though Paul is directing us to the internal character and personality we are to live and display as we are within those positions, titles, and tasks. They are the character of Christ which set us apart from the attitude and approach of the world. “Always”, yes always, “Be joyful” Does that mean shallow and care free happiness or smiling to conceal sadness caused from something beyond our control? No, it is the deep seated joy resulting from our trust and obedience in God. The heart belonging to him is fueled with knowledge of the eventual outcome of being eternally in his presence.
In this certain hope, joy abounds! In this place of joy. Never stop praying and being thankful, for this is the will of God!
Because of your grace and power in my life, cause the qualities bearing your name to be seen before a world needing to know you and your intentions. Amen
“May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. “