Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!” When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!” You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.” Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. Acts 12:11-15
If the above verses don’t answer the question, does God have a sense of humor, then you probably need to find one. There are studies that show us that laughter is something that we need to have in our lives to relieve stress. Laughter and joy bring us back to the light we need to display in our lives. Granted there are some questionable things that are considered humor that I don’t think are funny because of the subject matter. Somehow, comedy has gone from the creative to the shocking. Watching old shows before the 80’s that are situation comedies the humor had to be creative. These days it has to be shocking to be funny, there is no creative thoughtfulness to have clean fun. My focus for this blog is not to have a moral piece that aims to shame, just to talk about laughter and joy.
Life has it’s serious moments that we should never take lightly, but we cannot let those serious moments build up in our inner being. Our spirit man was designed to thrive in joy. Laughter happens spontaneously when we are presented with what we perceive as humor. Joy, on the other hand, is an intentional action and not a spontaneous happening. There are some ways to plan our joy and keep the light in our lives.
I think one of the things we as Christians suffer from is the idea of being serious and deep all the time. When we are in church, we have to be pious and above all human frailty. The bottom line is we all sin every day and don’t deserve to be joyful about anything. The source of our joy begins with the salvation that is not deserved, the favor we should never receive, the grace given when we fail. That alone should be a source of great joy that we are no longer held accountable to our sins and failures, we have grace. God’s grace above all else is so awesome if you think about it. We no longer have to worry about God’s wrath in our lives. Wrath turns to unconditional love, a love that sees no wrong and is always giving, never receiving. How can we give back to God for what Jesus did for us? Wow, what love.
Because the source of joy is our salvation, and there is no way we can ever repay what He has done, we should find joy in serving Jesus. We are His hands and feet. What does that mean? When we are His hands that means we are giving. We are giving of our time and resources. We love to spend time in changing someone’s dreadful circumstances and setting them up for success in life. We can do that with money, time, and our unconditional love from God. His feet means we are walking in His glory and sharing the light we have in our lives with unconditional love.
That brings me to the last point of what can bring joy in our lives and that is unconditional love. When you begin living like Jesus and become more like Him as your life flourishes, you will find yourself loving more like Him. You will serve Him better as you become this overflowing light in people’s lives. God made us to be able to love intentionally. It’s not some tingling sensation or a pain in our stomach when we look at someone we love, it’s an intentional action. Marriages in this world don’t last long because we are really infatuated with our spouse, not really in love. The love part comes in when we are faced with issues and disagreements. That is the determining factor if your marriage is going to last. A self-sacrificing attitude is unconditional love concisely.
Does God have a sense of humor? He most certainly does, He created you and I.
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. I Corinthians 1:27
God takes the ordinary and makes them extraordinary. You are God’s practical joke to confound the supposed “wise” and to weaken the supposed “powerful.” The idea is to stay joyful and don’t take yourself so seriously. You can stay joyful by having a grateful attitude in knowing Jesus died for you. You can stay joyful by serving Him who served you in the greatest capacity. Finally, you can stay joyful by intentionally using unconditional love and changing people’s lives for the better.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.