Daily Devotional
Are You Living with Temporary or Eternal Purpose?

“The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”

Matthew 12:42

Ponder This

I’m so happy in Jesus. It may sound corny, but I love Him with all of my heart, and I want to love Him more. I am His worker. You’re His worker. Solomon’s workers were happy, but Jesus gives more. Jesus gives joy unspeakable and full of glory. Jesus gives joy that is conspicuous, continuous, and contagious. Solomon’s workers eventually had to give up all the things that brought them happiness. The palace was gone. The tables were gone. The robes were gone. Solomon was gone.

But the source of my joy does not diminish because my joy does not depend on what happens; it depends on the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God for the joy of serving Jesus. I am incredibly blessed that God has let me serve Him these years and be a pastor. You are not living for a temporary purpose; your joy is lasting because of Jesus. First Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” That is because the work of the Lord has an eternal purpose. Jesus pleases His workers; Jesus rewards His workers; and Jesus is far greater than Solomon.

  • How does serving Jesus bring you joy?
  • How does it encourage you to know that when you live for Jesus you live for an eternal purpose with eternal joy?

Practice This

Serve your church in some way today with joy, whether by volunteering to help somewhere or by sending an encouraging note to your pastor.

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