Sitting working through the current event of the ‘immigration issue”. Making a hard go of it since I don’t quite fit either the anti or the let’s just open the borders camps.
Whilst trying to find the balance, I ended up leaving the office for a meeting only to find that I’d not saved my work to the right file so it is on the office computer and no way to access it from home as planned.
As one says; ‘Oh the joy!’
We had a good start on joy last week. My reading today from Oswald Chambers’ ‘My utmost for His Highest’ was the same as Ruth posted to her Facebook. So maybe that is a good place to start: “What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ.
The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. ‘I delight to do Thy will.’ Jesus prayed that our joy might go on fulfilling itself until it was the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?”
The text from John 15:11, “That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”, which he starts with reminds me that joy can be a part of my life. But it is not enough to merely find a bit of happiness here and there.
But rather in Christ there can be not just a bit of joy, but rather an abundance of joy. There can be a sense of joy, often called happiness, that is a response to the circumstances of life that affect us from the outside in.
We often have no control over this, we are only able to control how we act in response to this. But there is as well a commanded aspect to joy that is what Paul describes in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
I’m thinking how can I control joy or happiness in my life? Well honestly I can’t, but Christ came so, that as the verse from John above says; His joy remains in us and it can be full. That doesn’t mean just a little bit, but a whole lot.
This brings me to a verse I’ve used here before, but still love, John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The point is not that we have a lot of stuff to show that God is alive and well in our lives and world but rather that if our heart is focused on the right things we can have a right response to the circumstances of our lives and out of that we can be a blessing into the lives of people in our world.
Joy and life in real genuine fullness and abundance of spirit and how that might look, as if I get the file sorted, can lead us to how we look at people in need around our world and some that appear to look like they are invading our space... oh boy that will be a can of worms or who knows what opened there eh?
Joyful, joyful we adore Him...