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A Harvard football fan. Yes, I said, "Harvard."

When we experience great joy, we typically share our joy with everyone that we can.For example, you have finally found a diet that works and are desirous to share it with others so that they, too, can experience the joy of weight loss. Perhaps you’ve just purchased a new automobile and wish to drive it over to a friend or family member’s house so that you can show it off. Maybe it is a great sale at your favorite department store that has you running to others so that they may also experience the joy of saving money. As it is the beginning of football season, it may be that you want to share with others the joy you feel over your team’s victory over a given opponent, perhaps the team of the one to whom you are bragging. Whatever the case may be, it is just “too good” to keep to yourself. In fact, you share everything that you find that is “too good,” except, perhaps, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Yes, friends, what we have found in the Lord is too good to keep to ourselves. We should want to share God’s Good News for humanity with all with whom we come in contact so that they may likewise experience our joy. Oddly enough, though, we do not. This suggests a couple of things to me.

First, it may be that we have not truly found joy in the Lord. Maybe we have been kidding ourselves. Our hearts desire, rather, is to be enjoying the pleasures of the world. After all, what has Christianity done for us except bring about social isolation from the world? The world looks at us funny because we no longer do the things that they would do. The world makes fun of us and calls us names like, “Bible Thumper” and “Holy Roller.” Now take a step back and recall the joy you felt at that moment when we knew our sins had been washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. Was that not great joy? A joy that we could not articulate nor deny? Personally, I can remember wanting to shout from the rooftops concerning the forgiveness that had been granted to me. That was a joy that I could not deny. Yet, what has happened to it? What made it go away? If one finds himself in this state, perhaps he should follow David’s example from Psalm 51. REPENT! Then, you can request, as David, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12 NASB). What is the subsequent result? “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You” (Psalm 51:13 NASB). There must be joy if we are to harvest fruit in the Lord’s vineyard.

Second, we let the world crush our joy. We actually forget Who is in charge! Therefore, when those bad times come (and we know that they will), we sit back and dwell on the negative. “I’ve lost my job and the economy doesn’t look as if it will recover any time soon,” we say to ourselves. “How will I get by?”  If Jesus were with us today, how often do you suppose that He would exclaim, “O ye of little faith”? Many of us might hear that daily. We forget the words of the psalmist from Psalm 37:25:

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread. NASB

If there is still worry on our part, perhaps that is more of a reflection of the state of our faithfulness than upon God’s ability to sustain us. Remember His promise to us:

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

In the end, God is going to triumph. Why do we not take comfort from Paul’s assurance, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31 NASB) We should give our concerns over to God and experience the joys that He willingly provides. Then, we must evangelize. That is how you and I can truly “spread the wealth” (cf. John 10;10).

In closing I refer you to the words penned in 1887 by Jessie Brown Pounds:

If the name of the Savior is precious to you

If His care has been constant and tender and true,

If the light of His presence has brightened your way,

O will you not tell of your gladness today?

If your faith in the Savior has brought its reward,

If a strength you have found in the strength of your Lord,

If the hope of a rest in His palace is sweet,

O will you not, brother, the story repeat?

If the souls all around you are living in sin,

If the Master has told you to bid them come in,

If the sweet invitation they never have heard,

O will you not tell them the cheer-bringing word?

O will you not tell it today?

Will you not tell it today?

If the light of His presence has brightened your way,

O will you not tell it today?

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