Sacrificial Joy

Sacrificial Joy

There is a kind of happiness we all crave, and a kind of joy we all need.  The happiness we crave is a me-as-god happiness, in which other people and God himself serve my interests, in which I don’t have to give up anything that is comfortable or convenient or easy.  It’s the impulse away from the difficult, the challenging, the sacrificial.  The joy we need is that which comes when we experience the power of God in the act of serving others.  To serve others is to be God-like, because our God is a Trinity and each person of that Trinity is filled with loving outpouring of self.   If we would know God, and live in fellowship with him, which is the only kind of joy we truly need, we must serve others. The Joy that comes on the other side and in the midst of sacrificial service is enduring, deep, reproducing, exhilarating.  It’s the smile that comes through the tears of sacrifice that goes to the deepest level of the heart.  It’s there, in tear stained sacrifice that we meet our God, our Savior of the cross.