THE JOY OF SOUL WINNING
Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Luke 15:33, John 4:23
In Luke 15:23 we read these words: "Let us . . . be
merry." The word translated MERRY is a wonderful word.
It is used fourteen times in the Greek New Testament
and, of these, six are found in the Gospel of Luke. In
this glorious fifteenth chapter we find it four times.
This chapter, you remember, deals with "Lost things
The Greek word is "euphraino" and means "to be happy,
to rejoice, to make merry." This chapter lays bare the
very heart of God. It reveals to us the emotion in the
heart of God when a soul comes home to Himself. It is
the emotion of joy, and His actions reveal this joy.
We have a picture of a boy coming home. It is a
picture divinely given. It portrays the HUMAN SOUL
coming home to GOD. The profound truth here is that
there is ONLY ONE PLACE where the human soul, any
soul, every soul, can find rest and satisfaction, and
that is IN GOD. What home is to us in this world,
answering our needs and cravings in this lower sphere,
so GOD is to our spiritual beings!
Here is the heart-warming truth that God is eager,
desirous, pleading, seeking; entreating us to come to
Him and make our Home in Him and to find IN HIM all
our desires satisfied. This we do when we worship Him.
The Father seeketh such to worship HIM in spirit and
in truth (John 4:23).
This idea that God is our only place of refuge,
comfort, safety, and our home, was the spiritual
thought in the mind of Moses when he says, concerning
Israel and himself, "Lord, Thou hast been our
dwelling-place in all generations." Dwelling-place
means HOME. We are to live in God! We are to live in
communion with Him, in fellowship with Him. For "truly
our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son
GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. He is the SAME, yesterday, today
and forever. What an awful thing it is to sin and hurt
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