Things really have to be sad in a church when it has to tell its members to be happy! What other church would do such a thing?
Are you ready to rejoice? That’s what God commands us to do when we convene to keep His Feast of Tabernacles. But the idea of “rejoicing” goes much deeper than just being really smiley. It doesn’t mean feigning a positive expression. If we don’t understand what God actually meant in that command, we may not be rejoicing properly.
Those commanded to be slave laborers at PCG feast sites are also told that they MUST rejoice!
The Bible also mentions our manservants and maidservants. Today, we could apply that to those who serve us at the Feast—whether those serving us in the Family of God, or those in the world, such as the hotel staff or servers at restaurants. They should see our joy, and it should rub off on them!
Gerald Flurry says that the more your face "shines" today, the brighter it will be when you are a King, Lord and Ruler over your world. Your spiritual reward is determined by your happiness quota.
In a literal sense, how will we help others’ joy in the World Tomorrow? By radiating the light of the Family of God. Pastor General Gerald Flurry, at the 2004 Feast, alluded to the fact that how brightly our faces shine in joy today is likely a direct reflection of how brightly we will actually shine as spirit beings! In other words, our joy today reflects how much we will be able to set that example of radiance in the World Tomorrow.