“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 13:52
There is a difference between joy and happiness.
I love looking up quotes from people. Here are some I found about joy:
“It’s an ongoing joy being a dad.” – Liam Neeson
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy it will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” – Henri Nouwen
“Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” – Mother Teresa
“Joy is the serious business of Heaven” – C.S. Lewis
There is a lot to grab out of these quotes, but let me break it down a bit. Serving in a creative way, through prayer, in strength, by love, and being open to surprises is the serious business of heaven, and that business is catching souls.
In Acts 13 Paul and Barnabas were ministering Pisidian Antioch. They had just completed a very successful service preaching the good news in the synagogue and were invited to come back the next week to speak.
When the men arrived to speak the next week the entire town had shown up. What a surprise! The Bible says that the word of the Lord spread through the whole region.
What an amazing story! So many people were saved that day. Joy comes from the Father and His story of good news should be a great source of joy for us. May we be able to use it as Paul and Barnabas did to spread the good news in our regions.