Thursday, February 5, 2009

Joy as Consequence

Joy is not a requirement of Christian discipleship, it is a consequence. It is not what we have to acquire in order to experience life in Christ; it is what comes to us when we are walking in the way of faith and obedience. We come to God (and to the revelation of God's ways) because none of us have it within ourselves, except momentarily, to be joyous.  Joy is a product of abundance; it is the overflow of vitality. It is life working together harmoniously. It is exuberance.
Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

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