Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Have you just been coasting along through life too busy to really think much about all that God has done for you? Have you gotten so caught up in all that you need to do that having a walk with God is just another “chore” of the day? Maybe you are still reading your Bible every day and going to church when the doors are open on a regular basis, but you aren’t really all that excited about your relationship with God.
God wants a close relationship with you, He doesn’t just want to be a picture on the wall or a book by your bed. He wants to be your best friend, He wants you to realize that He loves you and is walking with you through everything, the good times and the bad! He is that friend and companion that is always there no matter what you are facing. He loves you! Have you ever had someone in your life that you could count on when the whole world around you seemed to be messed up, you could go have a cup of coffee or glass of tea and just sit and talk and forget about all the turmoil going on? That’s what God wants to have with you. You are not alone!
Have you ever been given a gift that just thinking about it still gets you excited and grateful for it? Jesus gift of salvation, the most costly of gifts, should excite us as well. It should excite us to the point that we want everyone else to experience it as well. We should have a difficult time keeping our mouths shut about it! It shouldn’t be a knick-knack on a shelf.
When we have our joy that came with our salvation we are generally excited and willing to do whatever God may ask, We are ready to fight for the cause! We need to be more like that in this day and age! We need to have our joy so we will have a willing spirit to do all that God is asking us to do. We don’t want to become complacent Christians without a cause. The cause is in front of us every day and I feel as though part of our biggest issue is that we are not excited about all that God has given us!
Stop for a minute today and ask God to show you if you are missing out on the joy of the salvation He has brought you. Ask Him to give you back the joy of your salvation and to give you a willing heart to serve Him, however, He may ask you to. Ask Him to help you set your priorities in a way that will make you more effective in your service for Him!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King
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