New Christians Should Rejoice

New Christians, as used here, is a reference to those who have been saved for about five years or less. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on the new Christians. Learn from our mistakes. Sometimes you can look at someone and see what to do. But other times you look and see what not to do. If no one else praises the Lord then you go ahead praise Him all by yourself.

No matter how cold and dry the worship may be, God is good and is going to have His way. When the worship is cold and dry, understand it has everything to do with cold and dry worshippers, and nothing to do with our marvelous and loving God.

However, as you shout for Jesus, make sure that you live for Him. The greatest evidence of really loving the Lord is not rejoicing, it's not speaking in tongues, it's not cutting a step, nor is it even flowing with the latest praise song.

The greatest evidence of loving God is to obey Him. And to obey God means to love Him with all that you have and then to love your neighbor, as you love yourself (see Jn. 14:15; 13:34-35; Mk. 12:29-31).

So don’t shout yourself out, before you come to Bible study, before you serve in a ministry group, and before you give God His tithes and offerings. A noisy spiritual midget is no more pleasing to God than a silent spiritual midget.

Rejoice with your lips and life. Rejoice with singing and evangelism. Rejoice with shouting and community involvement. Rejoice with praise and supporting one another in times of pain and sorrow.

Self Examination
1. How are you coming with your rejoicing, in spite of the dryness and coldness of others?

2. What are you doing to improve?

PrayerGreat and awesome God, the One who has been so good to me that I cannot hold my peace, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have blessed me and my loved ones beyond measure.

I confess that I have often failed to rejoice like one who has received as many blessings as You have showered into my life. Please forgive me and help me to live closer to Your will. In Jesus' name, amen.

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