Filled With Delight

New life. If you don’t see it yet, it’s coming! In my part of the country, the crocuses pop up first, followed by daffodils, then tulips. I have a dogwood tree just outside my window; it refreshes my soul and fills me with delight.

New life. We welcomed a new grandson, Owen, in January, with great rejoicing. His birth reminded me of another tiny baby boy born so long ago. And of a God who took such delight in His Son.

New life. I found it for myself 28 and a half years ago. On a brilliant fall day, at my invitation, Jesus became my living Lord. And God let me know that no matter what I think of myself, He takes delight in me.

New life. On Pentecost, believers who had been waiting for the promised Holy Spirit were gratified in the most amazing ways—a mighty wind swept through the place, tongues of fire rested on each one’s head, and suddenly, everyone was speaking in languages not their own. The Church was born, and God was delighted.

You see, your new life in Christ doesn’t just belong to you. It also belongs to all other believers in Him—and especially those in your own congregation. In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

I have community with others and I shall continue to have it only through Jesus Christ. The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us. We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we do have one another, wholly, for eternity.

 I might not have much in common with you. In fact, in all the ways the world looks at us, we may be completely different. But because we both have Jesus living in us, we are one in Him. When you put a congregation of Jesus followers together, they have a love that radiates grace and power, just as a bride radiates love for her groom. God, and all of us, delight in that.

New life. Get ready for our wedding day! Jesus is ready to receive his bride, the Church. When He does, we will join Him in a new Heaven and a new Earth, and we will sing of His love forever.

How delightful is that?

by Linda D. Johnson


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