JOY IS UNSELFISH
Now, there are three kinds of joy; there is the joy of ones
own salvation. I thought, when I first tasted that, it was the most delicious joy I had
ever known, and that I could never get beyond it. But I found, afterward, there was
something more joyful that, namely, the joy of the salvation of others. Oh, the privilege,
the blessed privilege, to be used of God to win a soul to Christ, and see a man or woman
being led out of bondage by some act of ours toward them. To think that God should
condescend to allow us to be co-workers with Him. It is the highest honor we can wear. It
surpasses the joy of our own salvation, this joy of seeing others saved. And then John
said, He had no greater joy than to see His disciples walking in the truth. Every man who
has been the means of leading souls to Christ understands what that means. young
disciples, walk in the truth and you will have joy all the while.
I think there is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is caused by things
which happen around me, and circumstances will mar it, but joy flows right on through
trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy
flows all through persecution and opposition; if flows right along, for it is an unceasing
fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring which the world cant see and
dont know anything about; but the Lord gives His people perpetual joy when they walk
in obedience to Him.
This joy is fed by the Divine Word. Jeremiah say in chapter 15:16:
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy WORD was unto me the joy and
rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord."
He ate the words, and what was the result? He said they were the joy and rejoicing of his
heart. Now people should look for joy in the Word, and not in the world; they should look
for the joy which the Scriptures furnish, and then go work in the vineyard; because a joy
that dont send me out to some one else, a joy that dont impel me to go and
help the poor drunkard, a joy that dont prompt me to visit the widow and the
fatherless, a joy that dont cause me to go into the Mission Sunday-School or other
Christian work, is not worth having, and is not from above; a joy that does not constrain
me to go and work for the Master, is purely sentiment and not real joy.
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