Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many different kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. James 1: 2 - 4 [NIV]
Pure joy is not what comes to mind when we are tested. Joy, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean pleasure, but it does mean something positive.
Some of the things that the Bible says about being in God’s family are very warm and comforting, but among them is this one that caused me to sit up a bit when I read it:
Jesus spoke about making disciples, people who would learn and follow his teaching“ living it out and making more disciples.
A Christ-follower is someone who asks how do I use my role to build Gods kingdom? How can I do my job to bring glory to God? and saying You can work through me in any way you want to.
God can seem far off, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who always feels close to God. Yet, many people have found inspiration in these words
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 [NIV]