“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”John 15:11
Joy characterizes Jesus Christ. He reveled in the creation of the world and took joy in mankind. He takes joy in finding a lost sheep. For the “joy set before him,” He endured the cross. Did you know that Jesus wants us to share His joy? He actually prayed for that very thing at the Lord’s Supper.
I’ve heard joy is “the flag that flies above the castle to show that the king is in residence.” The friend who brought my wife and me to know Jesus is like that: Joy seems to be flying like a banner over him! My grandmother was the same.
But I am often aware that I am not displaying joy as my birthright would have me do. How quickly I can become downcast over difficulties, over loved ones, or over my own lack of spiritual growth. Haven’t we all grown discouraged from misunderstandings with people or from unconfessed sin? In all of these situations, we feel we are losing our joy.
We need to cash in our check at the bank of faith. We have a Christian entitlement to joy. Jesus has moved heaven and earth to put His joy in us!
“Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). May the joy of the Lord come to you today.
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 41-42
- Psalm 21
- Mark 1