Prescription for Joy
James, the brother of Jesus, gives us a prescription for joy. But this narrow path is more challenging than most of us would prefer. In James 1:2 he writes that when you meet various trials your faith is strengthened. Notice it is not “if we are tested” but “when we are tested,” we are to consider it an opportunity for joy–an opportunity for trust and effectiveness. The thrill and delight of seeing the Lord work in us and through us when we persevere and don’t faint.
Trials are designed for us as a test. Like the test used by a silversmith as he keeps heating the precious liquid metal until all the dross is gone. Then it can be used. Difficulties drive us to Him. They increase our trust, faith, and honor in Him because righteousness is His highest value. We are then purified to be useful to Him for good works.
The disciples, and others standing on their shoulders down through the corridors of history, have initiated ministry. Many have pursued their mission and vision, whatever the assignment, and have seen the Lord multiply their efforts 30, 60 and 100 fold. It leads to great joy!
Why not complete your joy by seeing the Lord multiplying through you in God’s global cause. At one of our events, I interviewed a plumber and housekeeper. They learned they could be used in roles of maintenance and hospitality. Whatever your skill, you can be used. Register at missionnext.org as a next step.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder