Amid the overflowing piles of laundry, the ever constant dirty dishes in the sink, and the overwhelming demands of life in general we often lose sight of the joy that we possess in Christ. We allow our focus to zoom in on all that is before us, losing sight of what lies within us.
“These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11
Looking back at the words prior to this passage we see that Christ gives us the “directions” whereby we can live a “life full of joy“.
1.) We are to abide in Christ and to bear fruit through Him, not of ourselves because without Him we can do nothing. (John 15: 5)
2.) We are to remain in His word, coming before Him with our prayers which He has promised to answer. (John 15:6-7)
3.) Everything that we do should be done to glorify the Father, bearing fruit for Him. (John 15:8)
4.) We are to remain in Christ’s love, keeping His commandments which command us to love God with all our hearts, minds and soul. (John 15:9-10)
5.) We are to love others, seeking to bring them to an understanding of the love of God through salvation. (John 15:10)
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3
We have a constant supply of joy available, living water for the renewal of the soul. In God we can find the path of life and experience the joy that He has available for us.
” Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11
Christ sits at the right hand of God, every ready to make intercession for us with the Father. Regardless of what situation or set of circumstances that we might be facing we can find joy in coming before our Heavenly Father rejoicing in Him.
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:18
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy because though defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” Psalm 5;11
No matter what we might face, or who might stand against us, we can trust in our Father and experience fullness of joy in Him.
“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation.” Psalm 35:9
Amid the chaos that we face daily, we can focus our hearts and minds on Christ through time spent in His word; holding to the promises that have been given to us that we might have “a life full of joy” in Him.