Rejoice For The Right Reasons


   The seventy rejoiced about the wrong things. They rejoiced that the spirits were subject to them. (Luke 10:17-20) Jesus said they were to rejoice because their "names are written in heaven." Let us rejoice:


   Rejoice because you have been made new in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (II Corinthians 5:17) The obedient believer has a new relationship. He is "in Christ." A Christian is someone new because being in Christ gives us a reflection of Divine Glory.


   Rejoice because your sins are forgiven. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." (Ephesians 1:7) God's love moved Him to send Jesus as a sacrifice for sins to make forgiveness possible. To become a child of God or to be restored to Christ sins must be forgiven. (Acts 2:36-41, Acts 8:18-24) Forgiveness of sins in Christ is our greatest blessing.


   Rejoice because you have future hope. "For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?" (Romans 8:24) Christians are saved now, but there is salvation in a much larger sense when this earthly tabernacle or body is put off. Our eternal inheritance provides hope through the worst times of life. The Christian's true possession is not what he sees, but what he hopes for.


   Rejoice because of God's promise of eternal life. "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." (I John 5:11-12) Eternal life is a life exempt from every kind and degree of evil, trouble or misery. Eternal life is only granted by God and eternal life is only to those that are in Christ. 


   Christians have reason to rejoice. Are you faithful in God's service? If not get right with God today and you can rejoice for the right reason.