My Joy In You. John 15:11

Posted on March 1, 2012 by

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“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

I desire joy, so do you, and we all desire a joy that is full, lacking nothing.  In fact, most of what we do centers around this desire to find a joy that is complete and lasting.  Those who do not know the One who alone gives true and lasting joy can be forgiven for searching for it, albeit in themselves, their family, or the things of this fallen world.

But what about us who know this great joy giver?  Why do we often stray from the one who gives us His joy, a joy that the world seeks for but cannot find outside of Him?  Could it be that deep down we realize that this joy often comes through sorrow and loss? Are we desirous of a cheap joy that comes through pleasure, possessions, and achievements, but does not last?  Are we actually jealous of the world’s joy that costs little but promises much?

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the Father in order that our joy would find its completeness in Him!  Only His joy is full, complete and lasting because it has its basis in an eternal God and His sacrificial love for you.

Return to Him, repent of seeking a lesser joy and find your perfect joy in His suffering for you.  Do not fear His hand picked sufferings for you (what Paul calls his light and momentary afflictions!) because they are ‘achieving an eternal glory that far outweighs them all’.  Jesus suffered and died that you may discover the joy you were created for and will enjoy throughout eternity. Never forget that our joy is Jesus, not in the things you want him to do for you.  He is our sufficiency and our heart’s desire.  Accept nothing less than being under the shadow of His wings!

“What do people mean when they say `I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?” CS Lewis, A Grief Observed

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” CS Lewis, The Letters of CS Lewis

(Thanks to Joe Bruni for using these two great quotes in his Leadership meeting last week!)

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