These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

John 15: 11

 

Jesus is talking about the basic truth of staying close to Him as we go through life. He is telling us that following His way of living doesn’t require us to just grit our teeth and give up the pleasurable aspects of being alive, either. When we look to God for everything that we need to understand and for the wisdom to apply that understanding to our lives, the results for us will be a form of internal peace that is as the famous ad expression says, “Priceless”.

 

As we follow Christ in every aspect of life, we are granted a gift that exceeds anything that can be purchased. For in choosing to live this way we are filled with the joy of our Creator, and that is how He desires for us to live. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be hard times, days, and situations; however, it does mean that we can trust in God to have a plan for us in those times. We can enter into the hard situations with the joy of Christ to anchor our hearts and to clear our minds. Also, we can be completely confident in God’s promise of protection from the sort of harm that destroys our true selves.

 

Deep-seated joy may be expressed in smiles or it may be seen as a ribbon of tears on the cheek, and there are many times when it is both. Yet, it is always a gift from the Lord. Joy is found in quiet meditation and prayer, and it is discovered in God’s word. Joy springs up out of God’s Word as His truth provides us with the refreshing nourishment that our weary hearts and minds demand. As the breath of the Spirit fills our lungs with life, it implants the joy of Christ within us.