I am joining Kate Motaung today, and the word is our choice. How can I not choose my favorite word – JOY? It’s the last five-minute Friday of the year. Where did 2015 go? Now to write for five minutes.
This week of Advent is about the joy we have because Christ entered the world. That is what Christmas is all about – Jesus’ birth and Jesus in us -not only at Christmas but every moment. Jesus is our joy and without Him I am not sure how you hang on to joy. I know I could not.
How do we smile through tears? How do we find joy during storms? How do we keep Christmas joy in the hustle and bustle of the season or in the midst of pain and turmoil, or when there is no money to buy the kids presents? It’s not about presents, it’s about having Him present in our lives, and walking in joy no matter what season we are in. As the song goes, He is with us ALWAYS.
Have you lost your joy? Beth Moore tells us it’s right where we left it – in His presence. She says to anticipate it, expect it and share it.
Jesus talked about rejoicing to His disciples in John 16:24 that even though He was leaving them and they would be distressed that their joy would be complete when He returned. Anticipate His return, expect it and share it.
Philippians 4:4 (NLT) tells us to ALWAYS be full of joy in the Lord. I and 1 Thess 5:18 says to rejoice ALWAYS give thanks in ALL circumstances. There is no sometimes, tomorrow, next year when things are better. The verses tell us to ALWAYS be full of joy and to ALWAYS give thanks no matter what season of life we are in.
Jesus is our JOY! Seek the joy of knowing Him this Christmas.