Church should be so full of laughter & joy that outsiders press their noses against our windows longing to get into the party.
Is church a party? Absolutely.
Church should be foremost a celebration. If angels in heaven celebrate over one soul, we should celebrate over God saving our own souls. We usually start out strong with the party! So excited over the revelation of what Christ has done for us. But, sometimes we start to lose sight of it. It starts to slip from our hands. That’s when we ask for the remembrance of the salvation joy to be restored.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12 (emphasis mine)
If we are deficient or lacking in joy, we are lacking in the kingdom.
Joy is a command.
16 Always be full of joy.
17 Never stop praying.
18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ERV
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NLT
Joy is provided.
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Romans 15:13 Message
Joy isn’t easy when we are depending on ourselves to produce it. We can’t produce joy. We choose joy. We choose to receive the joy that is outside of us. It’s source is Jesus. It’s fruit is salvation.