Does anyone want to have joy in their life? Can I hear an "Amen"? God says we can have it - fully - and even tells us how to get it. Joy comes through fellowship with God and through subsequent fellowship with other believers.
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1 John 1:3-4)
If having joy is so simple, then why don't more of us have it more of the time? I contend that many of us do not have the close relationship with God that we need to have in order to have sustained joy. We are walking in darkness because we don't have enough light in our lives to illuminate them to have that sweet fellowship.
But if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another... (1 John 1:7)
Can you see that fellowship is more than just getting together and sharing a potluck lunch? Sorry, the phrase "fun and fellowship" just came to mind as a flashback from my church going days as a kid! Fellowship with another believer involves God! There are few things the world can offer that are as awesome as time spent with a fellow Christian sharing what God is teaching us and maybe even sharing a time of prayer. Nothing. However, we can't have true fellowship if we aren't walking in the "light".
So how can we walk in the "light"? Do you remember that Jesus is the "...true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."? Let me tell you, I don't think that Jesus was a flourescent bulb!! :) We need to get close to Jesus to walk in the light. Jesus tells us in John 15 that He is also the true vine and that we need to abide in Him so that we will have an abundant life. This abiding must have something to do with spending quiet time alone with Him in His word because why else would Jesus say the following:
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7
Doesn't this just get better and better? I'm so glad I can share with you "live" my sweet time with God today. Now we've included prayer into the mix. I could go on forever here, but don't worry, I'm about to wrap up. If we abide in the vine who is also the true light, we could probably surmise that we would be walking in the light, right? And if we walk in the light, we will have fellowship with God, Jesus and fellow believers and consequently will have that full joy. Life would be pretty joyous if we were walking so closely in His will that all of our prayers were answered now wouldn't it?
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (John 15:11)
God wants us to be joyful, wants us to know how to be and doesn't want us to forget it either. Aren't you glad that the mind of God was put into black, white, and red so that we could know how to live fruitful and joyous lives no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in? I know that I am.
Lord, thank You so much for this incredible time with You this late afternoon in the quiet of my home. I pray right now that I can maintain a close walk with You no matter how busy I get with life's demands. I pray that You will never cease to draw me to You , that You will never cease to amaze me and that I will hear your calling always. Please let me never forget that without You I am nothing and that your joy is my strength. Amen.
Nehemiah 8:10 ... the joy of the Lord is your strength.