A certain denomination had a strange idea. They were holding a conference and had a large crowd in attendance. They decided to give everyone a helium filled balloon. The people were told to release their balloons at some point during the worship service when they felt particularly joyful and wanted to express the joy in their hearts. So, throughout the service balloons were released and floated up into the sky. However, after all the worship activities were completed, over 1/3 of the crowd were still holding on to their balloons.
Now, there are plenty of negatives that could be pointed out about this very strange idea, but putting those aside, I found it shocking that over 1/3 of the people never let their balloons go. Maybe some of them were still waiting for the right opportunity or maybe they just never felt joyful enough to let it go. Whatever the reason, it seems like many Christians today also fail to “let their balloons go.” In other words, we fail to express the joy of being a Christian.
Being a Christian should give us plenty of reasons to be joyful and to express this. Proverbs 10:28 says, “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” The hope that we have as Christians is definitely a cause of joy, but too often we become so focused on wants and desires of this world and we forget about the joy we feel and should be letting out.
People are always looking for true happiness. The hope we have as Christians is a source of genuine joy and happiness. This should be something we are letting out and sharing so people can have the same. As 1 Peter 1:8-9 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” Christians today have not seen Christ and yet we still love and follow Him. As a result we have an inexpressible joy and salvation. This is undoubtedly worth sharing to our lost and spiritually dying world.
Even though we have this joy, let’s not hold on to it. There is so much happiness to share with our world, don’t be caught at the end of time still “holding on to your balloon.” Let’s let our joy out for others to see so they will want to have the same.