What About Joy?

Those who have truly been born again should be full of joy! Honestly, now, can we watch many Christians and see a people full of joy? Isn’t the sad reality that a joy filled Christian is so unusual that they “stand out” in sharp contrast to the average Christian? Why is a joy filled Christian rarely found? There are, doubtless, a number of factors to explain why. However, I’d like to focus on two that are very likely the most important reasons for this. I’ll just mention the most obvious one and then move on to focus sharply on the one that is seldom considered seriously. The first cause of little or no joy is sin in the life. This can block joy and it can drain away any joy that we might have. For this we need heart-searching and cleansing. What if there is no known or recognized sin? That brings us to the second reason. One thing that is very much overlooked is that a vital relationship with Jesus is the only way to experience Biblical joy. If ours is only an intellectual appropriation of our Savior, we can expect no real joy. On the other hand, if we love Him, want to know Him, want to be with Him, want to listen to Him, want to obey Him, want to please Him, then we are ready to enjoy Him. A deep love for Jesus, an undying gratitude for His grace and mercy, and a determination to give Him first place in our lives will start the streams of joy flowing. Peter, in 1 Peter 1:8 describes this source of joy, “Whom (Jesus) having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Oswald J. Smith gave us the hymn, “Joy in Serving Jesus,” in which he testified of that which can define us: “There is joy in serving Jesus, as I journey on my way, joy that fills the heart with praises, every hour and every day. There is joy in serving Jesus, as I walk alone with God; ’tis the joy of Christ, my Savior, Who the path of suffering trod. There is joy, joy , joy in serving Jesus, joy that throbs within my heart; every moment, every hour, as I draw upon His power, there is joy, joy, joy that never shall depart.” Selah! A deeply personal relationship with Jesus brings about that of which Isaiah spoke, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. ” (Isaiah 12:3). Come with your bucket!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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One thought on “What About Joy?

  1. Good thoughts to remind us of our purpose here and how to have and demonstrate that Joy that we should be radiating to others.

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