“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11 KJV
Remember when it used to make you smile when you thought about Him? Remember how you used to wake up in the morning excited to spend time with Him? He was never an intrusion. He spoke; you would listen. His words brought such peace to your soul…such joy.
No, ladies, I’m not talking about your husband or boyfriend, and men, I’m not talking about just any ordinary man. I’m talking about Jesus. The one who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 KJV)
Then, Jesus turns around and calls us his friends.
There were many things Jesus wanted to ensure we had before His imminent departure from this world. One of them was joy. Not just momentary and fleeting joy, but joy everlasting. Sustained joy.
We try to measure joy based upon some euphoric emotional state. Again, fleeting at best. Jesus intended for His brand of joy to remain and to be full. Regardless of circumstances or situations, we can have HIS joy! Not the world’s counterfeit joy that comes with hangovers, extra pounds on the scales, and a looming mountain of credit card debt.
Christ’s joy remains true, consistent, and steady. It doesn’t fluctuate with the Dow. It doesn’t slope on Monday, and peak the closer you get to the weekend. This is “full” joy. Not doled out in small doses with carefully measured thimbles. This joy is from above and anything that’s from above is pure, uncut, untarnished, and powerfully potent.
Are you missing that kind of joy? I know a guy! A man who gives lasting joy when drugs, booze, sex, and everything else leaves you empty and often in worse shape.
The Lord’s joy fills us up!
What’s your life lacking today? Bet it’s joy!
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