While listening to one of my favorite Christian songs, “Joy” by for King and Country, I started to think about the fullness of joy and where it comes from. The reasoning behind this was because I started to think about how many Christians that I have met while traveling during these past few years had little to no joy in their lives. Then, I started to think about how many nonbelievers I have seen that are unhappy and use things like alcohol, drugs, or something else to fill a void in their life for temporary relief. So, I want to share with everyone today a little message about the fullness of joy and how to attain it today.
Most people know that every Christian receives the gift of the Holy Spirit in their lives after they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and then are baptized (Acts 2:38). Once a believer receives the Spirit of God in them, they start to feel energized and want to grow closer to the Lord. This season of a Christian’s life is one filled with love, peace, and joy. However, over time a Christian can become stagnant and stops seeking the Lord in everything they do. Soon, they start to allow worldly opinions and desires cloud their judgments and they start to lose focus on what joy is and that only through Christ can the fullness of joy engulf a person’s life.
In Jesus’ lesson about the vine and the branchs (John 15), He teaches us that no branch can bear fruit by itself. To be able to bear fruit, you must remain in Christ Jesus. He goes on to clarify what He is teaching by stating, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:9-11).
Jesus is the ultimate authority on the fullness of joy because His joy becomes our joy when we keep His commands. I say this because no one can steal your joy! Joy does not come from getting a promotion or getting something that you want. Joy cannot come from alcohol or drugs either. Those things may make you happy, but after a while, you will start to feel another void in your life. Something will upset you or you may not get your way. This is why I want to share with everyone today that to have the fullness of joy in your life is a simple choice. That choice is to accept Jesus Christ into your life. Within this choice, you can choose to follow and obey Him or choose not to. You can become fruitful and enjoy the gifts of His Spirit or not. It is that simple.
My family and I have chosen joy and I pray that many of you start to follow. If you are already chosen joy (Christ), but you do not feel joyful on a daily basis, sit back, and consider where the source of your joy is coming from. It may just take some time to reflect and then get back on track. For those who have not come to know Jesus, I challenge you to learn a little about Him. Pick up a Bible and read about His life and ministry. Then I challenge you to follow His commands and you will see a change in your life for the better. Then you can make a choice to accept the fullness of joy in your lives.
I pray that everyone reading this today takes what the Lord wants to put in their hearts as a reminder to lean on Him not only for strength and peace but also for joy. Amen!