There’s this church leader named Paul who writes a letter to the church in Philippi encouraging them to “rejoice in the Lord, always.” These seem like crazy words coming from a man passing the time in a prison cell. Has he somehow forgotten where he is? Does he not know that a prisoner is to be angry at the world while he spends every waking minute plotting his escape?
Evidently Paul had other influences that led him to not only survive prison, but to somehow thrive. It would have been very easy for him to give up and rot in jail, but instead he decided that no matter where his life was stationed, he would declare a different way to live life. And so, his encouragement to rejoice always was a reflection of his own devotion to the celebration of God.
Below are three simple considerations to help us all embrace Paul’s encouragement to rejoice in the Lord, always! As we incorporate these practices into our lives, our awareness of Jesus’ presence will no doubt lead to rejoicing.
1. Put on Love – Colossians 3:12-17
2. Keep your Eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:1-2
3. Choose to gather and celebrate God with other followers of Jesus – Hebrews 10:23-25