We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:4 NRSV)

How would you feel if Ed McMahon knocked on your door? Then you know how it would feel to receive the Kingdom into your life.

When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of heaven (the two terms are interchangeable), he was talking about the reign of God in human hearts. And the natural inclination of the person in whose life God reigns is joy.

Mark Twain tells about the old man who "laughed loud and joyously," shaking up the details of his anatomy from head to foot. Twain ends by saying that such a laugh is "money in a man's pocket, because it cut down the doctor's bills like everything." Maybe Twain knew what he was talking about.

May we share the joy of God's heavenly kingdom.


God of heaven, with joy I worship you. Help me to find your complete joy. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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