22nd July 2018

When Was The Last Time You Danced For Joy?

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 5:11 (NIV UK) 

For a Baltimore teenager named Amari Hall, it was just recently—about six days after his successful heart transplant. In a video that quickly went viral, he can be seen literally dancing with pure joy in his hospital bed, as the doctor and nurses join in around him. Just a month before, he was facing death from a heart defect. But after gruelling sixteen-hours of surgery, he pulled through with not just a new heart, but a new lease on life as well.

It reminded me immediately of the joy that comes from salvation in Christ. In the Gospel of Luke, Christ repeatedly tells his disciples exactly what happens in heaven when even one sinner repents and begins a new life in him. “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent” (Luke 15:7). And again just a few verses later, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

And as if that wasn’t enough, Jesus then follows that up with the parable of the Prodigal Son, perhaps the Bible’s most powerful story about the joy that comes from the reunion between a sinner and their Heavenly Father. I think for those of us who’ve known our Lord for decades now, it can be easy to forget just how incredible the miracle of salvation really is. A human heart finding eternal life in relationship with the Triune God is the most joyful event possible, and it kicks off an outpouring of celebratory joy and worship in heaven every single time it happens. Heaven literally throws a party! Isn’t that amazing?

But here’s what’s just as amazing: we can participate in that same party each and every day, by remembering the miracle of our own salvation, and celebrating accordingly. We’re called to live lives of joy in Christ, and when we take a moment to stop and think about how blessed we are to know him, our response should be just like Amari’s: one where we dance for joy! 

Wonderful Father! It’s true; it’s true! A human heart finding eternal life in relationship with you results in an outpouring of praise and worship. Thank you, eternal Father, we pray, in Jesus’ name.

Study by Greg Williams


About the Author:
Greg Williams is Vice President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in North Carolina, USA.

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