Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. — Lk 15:1-7
We learn from an early age the joy of getting, and hopefully over years they will learn other joys in life, especially the joy of serving.
Think back over your own life, do you remember everything you received? If you are like me, you probably find things long forgotten every time you clean the basement. But I bet you can remember the good times when you served someone. Maybe it was volunteering at a local mission or going on short-term mission trip a long time ago. But you can still remember the smiles from that experience.
Jesus’ joy came from finding the lost and the need, and helping them out. This source of joy should not be absent from us in our life. If you are joyless today, find a place to serve soon. We are created in the image of God, and part of that image is the joy of serving others.