The Joy of Christ
"But now I come to You, and these things I
speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves."
If there is anything that ought to characterize the
life of a Christian, it is joy! Jesus spoke many times to His disciples about
His joy being complete and full in them. His disciples were filled with joy as
they realized who they were: children of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom.
8:16–17). They had been dead in their sins but were now made alive in Christ
(Rom. 6:4). They had once been helpless victims of death, but now death had no
hold over them (1 Cor. 15:55–58). With such a marvelous salvation experience
with Christ, how could the disciples be anything less than joyful?
Don’t deny yourself that which is your birthright
as a child of God. Don’t be satisfied with a joyless life. There ought to be in
every Christian a deep, settled fullness of the joy of Christ that no
circumstance of life can dispel. This comes as you allow the Holy Spirit to
express Himself in your life. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy (Gal.
5:22). This joy is unlike any happiness that is produced by the world. It fills
you and permeates everything you do.
Jesus did not pray that you would merely be happy
or even that you would escape grief. He prayed that you would have the same joy
that the Father had given Him: a divine joy, a joy that comes from a deep and
unwavering relationship with the Father. It is a joy that is grounded so firmly
in a relationship with God that no change in circumstances could ever shake it.
This is the kind of joy that Christ is praying will be in you.