ENJOY THE JOY

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3 JOHN 1-4
CBC 8/22/10 SM
3Jn 1:1 I, a ruler in the church, send word to the well loved Gaius, for whom I have true love.
3Jn 1:2 My loved one, it is my prayer that you may do well in all things, and be healthy in body, even as your soul does well.
3Jn 1:3 For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way.
3Jn 1:4 I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way.

JOY-2 B glad, rejoice/delight/mirth/ glee/hope/extreme cheerfulness/
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His mind, wit and work earned him the unofficial title of "the greatest justice since John Marshall." At one point in his life, Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: "I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers."
Today In The Word, June, 1988, p. 13.

Are You Missing The Joy?
3 areas we are to “enjoy”
ENJOY HEALTH
My loved one, it is my prayer that you may do well in all things, and be healthy in body, even as your soul does well.
What would be our condition if our physical health were tied directly to our spiritual “activity”?
• How far could you jog based on how much you worship/pray/…
• How (healthy) long would you live if connected to how much you read your Bible?
We have a “Commission” to reach the world
• Hard to do much when sick
Daddy-in-law-“If you’ve got your health, you’ve got your wealth”!
• Do we “enjoy” our health or take it for granted?
• What should we do to be healthy?
o Eat right…
o Exercise…
o Regular check-ups…
o Take your medicine…
Why is health important?
…it is my prayer that you may do well in all things…
• Christian walk…
• Individual goals
• Family activities
• Prosperity in business
Jesus ministered to the “whole” person, not just the spiritual side
• Cripple-take up bed & walk
• Blind- now I see
• Withered hand-made whole
• Enjoy the joy
ENJOY ENCOURAGEMENT
3Jn 1:3 For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way.
Gaius has been doing good!
• Entertaining missionaries
John sends a “letter” & tells him he’s doing good.
• Do we take people for granted?
o Send a letter
o Let them know, “they’re making a difference”
o Let them know, “someone has noticed”
• Encouragement can go a long way
o Enough discouragement
o Life issue: SELF ESTEEM
o Very few drug abusers have a high self esteem
• Who here doesn’t need encouragement occasionally?
o We all need it
• It brings joy when we encourage or when we are encouraged
• Enjoy the joy
ENJOY GROWTH
3Jn 1:4 I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way.
Makes effort worth the while when someone learns from our teaching and acts on the information:
• School teacher-when former student does good
• Parent-when child exceeds family goals for them
• Pastor-when congregation begin walking w/ God & winning loved ones to Christ
Invest your time in “people” that do not know Christ
• Understand they won’t all be saved
• They won’t all understand
• They won’t all even care
Eventually someone will “get it”
• Their actions change from bad to good
• Their attitude improves
• Their anger subsides
• They grow & minister to someone else
• Enjoy the joy
CONCL:
Use your joy showing people how to have a healthy life.
• Exercise with them
• Share healthy recipes
Use your joy encouraging people
• Send a card
• Pray with them
• LISTEN to their troubles
Use your joy involving yourself in people’s lives
• Sacrifice some time, talent & treasure
• Invest in someone’s life

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