Can you give me an example of how to present the gift of the spirit “joy” predominately to youth and young adults for a service?


Well first I must say one of my favorite verses is Nehemiah 8:10 …for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

An example of joy? I remember a story about Mother Theresa and how a reporter followed her around for two weeks to do a story about the saintly woman. She worked with the homeless, lepers, outcasts, the untouchables. Through all this she seemed to have a constant state of peace and joy about her work – it was not a burden but a labor of love.

The reporter asked Mother Theresa how she could find joy in such a dirty thankless job. He said, “Sister, I wouldn’t do your job for all the money in the world.” She looked back at him and said “I wouldn’t either!”

Mother Theresa found satisfaction and joy in doing a work that had eternal rewards and consequences. She had a joy and contentment that didn’t come from this world, but sprung up within her knowing she was serving God and His people. True joy can only be experienced when we let it well up within us and then let it overflow to those around us.

It is this type of joy the author of Hebrews talks about: Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When you have this type of joy, the spirit of joy itself, nothing or no one can take it from you. Not even a cross, not even the nails.

Great question, I hope this helps you.

Pastor Brad