Devotional

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Philippians 4:4-5.  

When you go to bed at night, are you excited to wake up the next morning? Is there something you can’t wait for? Only to wake up to find that you have nothing to be excited about. We all need to get excited sometimes and there are many things that can do that for us. But are they the right things?  What about our journey with God? Are we excited about becoming more like Him today?

As Christians, we follow Jesus. It is not a duty or obligation thing. It is simply a matter of preferring life with an all-knowing, unconditionally loving, all-powerful, best friend compared to life without Him. It seems a simple decision on the surface. Following Jesus is something to be excited about. 

I pray I never lose the ability to get excited and life becomes so routine that I lose sight of the beautiful things God surrounds us with every day. 1 Peter 1:8 says, “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” Peter does not say, “You should be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” He says, “You are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” When you grasp the full significance of what God has done for you, you will be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 

Excitement should fill us when walking into God’s house and feeling His presence there. May we always get excited when hearing His word preached. I hope praise is our motive when singing songs of worship. The gospel is the most exciting thing that has ever happened on this planet – better than Super Bowl, falling in love, or any concert you’ll ever go to. When we grasp what we have received through Christ, we will naturally become energy-filled people who bring excitement into whatever we do for the kingdom. 

We need to be excited about Jesus. It is a powerful testimony that can get others interested in Jesus. Perhaps He will then become their Jesus. Get excited about Jesus today. And let that excitement be contagious to those around you.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you rate your excitement level for Jesus in the new year?  
  2. What are some of the things we can do to raise the excitement level?