A Footnote on Choosing JOY

By Gregg Baker, July 25, 2021

Philippians 4:14-23

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

We can choose JOY by viewing every act as potentially infused with the divine.

We can choose JOY by inviting Jesus into EVERY area and circumstance of life.

‘You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep sea, into which the more I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek… O eternal Godhead, what more could You give me than Yourself? You are the Fire that ever burns without being consumed; You consume in Your heat all the soul’s self-love; You are the Fire which takes away cold; with your Light You illuminate me so that I may know all Your truth.’

We can choose JOY by choosing to