Rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1
For most Christians, this nice pithy phrase rings out as an admirable maxim worthy of acceptance: rejoice in the Lord. Every Christian would agree this is most certainly something we should do. But what does it mean? How often should it be done? Why bother rejoicing?
Before we answer these questions, realize we are the only of God’s creatures that ponder such things. The rest of creation simply rejoices in the Lord. Trees reach toward heaven and shade the earth. Undergrowth anchors soil in place. Ants tunnel homes for their young and aerate the ground. The moon reflects her bright light through the darkness of night. The sun warms our days. And we ask how we might rejoice in the Lord. God sent Jesus to be part of creation; human, to ransom humans. So be human! Love the Lord with all you’ve got and love your neighbor as yourself. Rejoice in the Lord and all He has done!
Jesus, I rejoice in you! Amen.