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The joy of the Lord and the joy that the world gives are very different. The world’s joy is artificial, is not real and is on the outside. Booze, drugs, clothes, cars, stocks and bonds are outward things. The fleeting joy they bring does not last.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He came that we might have this joy to the full. It is a joy that the world does not give, nor can it take the joy away. This is a joy where God is at the center of life and is in control.
Jude, in the New Testament, gives us several reasons why being a Christian brings joy into our lives (Jude 1). First, he said we have been called by Christ. God’s call is not limited to preachers and missionaries. We are all called by God. He calls us to salvation (II Peter 3:9). Beyond that he has a special task for each of us. We are called to serve God in some form. If you have not found that task, ask God to show you. True joy comes when we are fulfilling Christ’s mission for our lives.
Another joy of being a Christian is to know that we are loved by God (Jude 1). Wonder of wonders, the heavenly Father loves me (Psalm 121:1-8). God’s word is filled with promises for his children and all because he loves us so very much. Are you claiming the promises your father has made for his children?
Certainly joy fills the heart of a child of God who knows that he is kept by Christ. We may forsake our heavenly Father, but he does not forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). He will not leave us because we have a relationship to him through his son. God is our Father. Jesus is our savior.