This is the devotion for today, January 10, 2016 from In My Father’s Footsteps. You can subscribe to this devotion here.
[Jesus] said, “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
Where is happiness found?
In the Peanuts comic strip I’ve seen two different expressions of happiness.
“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
“Happiness is a warm blanket.”
Both can be true, at times.
But for a Christian, surely there can be no greater expression of happiness than in the words of Jesus Christ, “I am with you always.”
But here’s the thing. When Jesus says, “I am with you…” He isn’t talking to you!
Okay, that’s not quite true. Jesus is talking to you, as an individual. Of course, Jesus is always with you wherever you go or wherever you are.
But when Jesus says, “I am with you…” He’s actually using “you” in the plural.
Jesus is saying to a group of people, “I am with you” all!
Our happiness, then, is found in that Jesus is promising that when we gather together, Jesus is with us.
Jesus said, “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
So what does this mean?
Go to church! Go to worship!
Gather with brothers and sisters in Christ, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and worship God. Confess your sins. Receive forgiveness. Hear God’s Word. Speak God’s Word in praise. Sing with all your heart to the One who has saved you from sin, death, and the devil.
Do this together! In the name of Jesus.
Happiness is found here, in worship, in Jesus, who is with us all till the very end of the age!
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