• By Joseph A. Bias

That Your Joy May Be Full

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

Ok, you’re six a years old boy, it’s Christmas Morning. You’ve been awake all night…or so you think…hoping to get a peek at Santa putting presents under the tree.

You finally see a tiny shaft of light appear from somewhere outside through the window beside your bed. In reality you just imaged it was the sun coming up. But no mater it’s 5:30 in the morning and it’s time to get up.

You shake your older brother, sleeping soundly next to you, and you say, “Wake Up!! It’s Christmas! We have to go open our presents.” While he’s stretching and yawning and wiping the sleep from his eyes, you’re already out the door and into the Living Room, where, lo! and behold!, there under the tree is the world’s most bestist electric train set ever in the whole wide world! It’s just what you wanted!

You leap in the air bouncing off the floor likes it’s a trampoline, and dancing and running around the room, and then you run into Mama and Daddy’s room and you jump in their bed, bouncing up and down breathlessly saying, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!…Mama, Daddy, come, look what Santa Clause brought me!”

You are so ecstatic you can hardly contain your joy. In that moment your whole life is fulfilled. Your joy is full!!! You want nothing more than to play with that shiny new train and all the railroad cars and all the accessories. Life doesn’t get any better than that when you’re six.

Well next thing you know, you’re 15, then 21, then 25, then 35 and you look back on that bestist of all moments and those days immediately following it and you wonder where all that fulfillment went. Will you ever again have that sense of awe and excitement and the feeling that “all is right” in your world?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not 6 years old. And there is a 50/50 probability you’re not a boy.

The joy of Christmas for you now may be what you experience seeing your kids or grand kids or even great grand kids wide eyed and ecstatic about their presents under the tree. Or, maybe you don’t have kids or grand kids and you have only memories of the childhood joys of that bestist of all to reminisce about this Christmas.

But either way there is a fulfilling joy that God wants every believer to enjoy that is completely fulfilling; not a fleeting joy that only comes once a year and escapes almost as quickly as it came, but joy that is full and rich with blessing and promise, a joy that gives profound and eternal purpose to life. This joy is the joy that emanates from God’s presence flowing in and through our lives.

This joy is a gift from God through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is His joy that we have been given through faith in His Word, what He has said concerning:

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

This joy is there for us, if we would only ask for it in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. We are not forced to receive it. Some people can go merrily along in life and never know the fulfilling joy of the Lord because they are not willing to enter into it with the same grand abandon of trust and expectation like a child. But when we are willing to take God at His Word, to ask Him to give us His blessings, He will manifest His presence with us at a dynamic dimension of life that is unparalleled in all creation, through faith in His Word. In this our highest fulfillment can be found.

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

Finally, in all that God has done for us through our Lord Jesus Christ in the work the Holy Spirit, His declared purpose is to give us life and that more abundantly, life that is full of righteousness, peace and joy.

“And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. 1John 1:4

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