As Christians, we often hear about the importance of finding joy in Jesus. But what does that really mean, and how can we experience it in our everyday lives?
First, it’s important to understand that joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is an emotion often dependent on our circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is a deep sense of contentment and peace that comes from knowing and trusting in God. It is a gift to receive through our relationship with Jesus.
In John 15:11, Jesus tells us, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” This verse reminds us that joy is not something we can manufacture on our own. It is a gift we receive from Jesus himself.
So how can we cultivate joy in our lives? One way is by spending time in God’s presence. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” When we spend time in prayer, worship, and reading the Bible, we are reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness. This fills us with joy and peace, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Another way to find joy in Jesus is by focusing on the blessings that he has given us. Philippians 4:4 tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” This doesn’t mean we ignore our problems or pretend that everything is perfect. It means we choose to focus on the good things God has done for us, even in the midst of trials. When we name our blessings and give thanks to God for them, we are filled with joy and gratitude.
Finally, we can find joy in Jesus by sharing our joy with others in acts of service. Acts 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” When we bless others with our time, thoughtfulness or supporting them through a challenging time (among other ways we can serve God by serving others), we are fulfilling our purpose as Christians and bringing joy to those around us. It is a privilege to be able to share the love of Christ with others, and it fills us with joy to see others blessed.
In conclusion, finding joy in Jesus is not always easy, but it is always worth it. When we spend time in his presence, focus on his blessings, and serve God by serving others, we experience a deep and lasting joy that cannot be found anywhere else. As we continue to seek him, may we be filled with his joy and peace, now and always.
Jessica Carlson, Coach