Today’s “God Calling” message tells me that in living the Lord’s teachings out in my daily life, I can and will have fullness of joy. One of the greatest proofs of that fullness is the joy and lightness I feel when I am able to bless someone. To give something, even just a smile, leave something inside that’s almost indescribable. It draws me nearer to the Lord. I feel His presence and the peace and confidence and joy that come with it; not confidence in myself, but confidence that we are indeed, He and I, of one accord and together on this journey. John 14: 21-24 tells me that when I obey His teachings, He and the Father will make their home with me. Knowing that is an almost indescribable feeling-overwhelming joy.
Jesus said whoever hears His sayings and does them, is like a man who built his house on rock-solid ground. The “world can shake, quake, and do whatever else it wants to, it won’t be able to take us down permanently. In that is the joy of security. I know that no matter what, as long as I obey His teachings, live by His Word, I will not be defeated. That’s God’s version of social security.
All throughout the Bible, there is joy, joy, joy, joy. All the promises of God are yes and amen-joy! When I read the promise of being blessed coming in, going out, blessed in my body, that my children will be blessed, etc., I am filled with joy.
There’s a story in the Bible. It is the account of what my savior, my healer, my provider, my closest friend, and the lover of my soul suffered. He endured all that ridicule and torment for me. He was mocked, beaten, spat upon, betrayed, deserted, and nailed to a cross to die for my sins. Because of that, I can call myself God’s child. He purchased my birthright back for me. I am forgiven of my sins when I confess them, I am reconciled to God and I will be in Heaven with Jesus someday for all eternity. This is my greatest joy-that someone loved me so much, that He dropped everything to run across eternity-willingly-to die for me. There is one joy that is as great as that one, I have to admit. That’s the joy of speaking His wonderful Name. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.