Thank you for connecting with me this past year. You have made my life richer as we have journeyed together seeking to learn, grow, and develop so we are better equipped to serve well in the places that God has placed us.
I love that we close out our calendar year with the celebration of Christmas. This season is rich with life lessons for all of us. My wish for you and me this season is that we would be a people of great joy in our homes, our churches, and in our work. There seems to be so little joy in the world around us.My wish for you and me this season is that we would be a people of great joy in our homes & in our work. Click To Tweet
The starting point for joy simply isn’t you or me. It can’t be sustained in the circumstances we find ourselves in or in the people around us. Joy, sustaining joy, is only found in Jesus. Christ alone brings joy, abundant joy, overflowing joy, sufficient joy, joy that is greater and more abiding than any circumstance whether good or bad, easy or hard, rich or poor.
Here are 3 truths about joy:
The gift of joy is Jesus.
Joy comes on the scene at that first Christmas as the angels said to the shepherds: “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior who is the Messiah has been born for you in the city of David.” Luke 2:10-11
Jesus-focused joy is complete, overflowing and abundant.
Jesus said, “I have spoken these things to you so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“During a severe testing of affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2
Jesus-focused joy gives the gift of joy to others.
Do you cause others to have great joy, encouragement, and refreshment?
“For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.” Philemon 1:7
“Yes, brother, may I have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.” Philemon 1:20
I pray for you the joy of Jesus this season.
Merry Christmas and I look forward to the beginning of a new year with you.