Day Thirty-Eight: The Promise to Be Our Joy

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”   John 15:11

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Have you ever heard that before?  If you’re into musicals you would know that this is a song from Annie.  This was one of my favorite musicals as a kid (and still is one of my favorites today).  My grandmother always used to say this phrase to me, too.  She knew how much I loved this musical and she also knew that I always smiled.

I like to think I am a pretty joyful person…although, if you ask my kids they would say I’m not happy all the time!  I’m the type of person who can easily get out of bed in the morning, loves to talk, loves to smile, loves to wake my kids up in that annoying sweet voice. I love being joyful to others and I always wear a smile.  I believe smiles are contagious.  I also believe that a smile can show the love of Jesus to others.  You never know the type of day a person is having and your smile just might be the one thing that gives them joy for that day.

You want to know what the real reason behind my joy is?

Jesus.

I have known Jesus since I was a little girl.  My parents raised me in a Christian home and we went to church every week.  I gave my life to Christ when I was 12 years old.  Since that day I have strived to live a joyful life in Christ.  The more I know about Jesus, the more joyful I become.  Even at 40 years old I am still learning many things about Jesus and who He is.  My joy in the Lord continues to grow deeper and deeper into my heart.

I am reminded of the song I learned as a child called “I’ve Got the Joy Down in My Heart”.  The lyrics say:

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.  Where?

Down in my heart. Where?  Down in my heart.

I’ve the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.  Where?

Down in my heart to stay.

And I’m so happy, so very happy

I have the love of Jesus in my heart.

And I’m so happy, so very happy

I have the love of Jesus in my heart.

We sang this song many times at Sunday school and VBS when I was a child.  I always loved it and now that I have remembered it, I am sure this song will be stuck in my head for days!

In the John passage above, Jesus is in the middle of a discussion with His disciples.  He’s telling them so good stuff about Him.  Deep stuff like…He’s the vine and we are the branches, how we must abide in Him, how we should remain in His love, and how we should keep His commandments.  And then He says this verse from John 15:11:   “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

I wonder if the disciples began smiling and jumping for joy after this deep discussion?  Did they have the love of Jesus in their heart…the type of love that creates a deep joy in Christ?  I know they loved Jesus, but I’m not so sure at this point they truly understood what He was saying.  Would we have reacted the same as the disciples if we lived back then?

I am thankful that I can look in God’s Word and know the true reason of my joy.  I can read stories from His Word and know and understand that everything Jesus was saying was true and that things were going to be okay despite what lie ahead. We have a gift from the Lord…a spoken and written gift that He gave us so that we can read and know that Jesus is our joy.  When we know Jesus as our Savior then our joy is complete.

So if my joy is complete, does that mean I will be joyful all the time?  No.  There will be days where you feel anything but joy.  Days where all you want to do is not smile or talk to anyone.  But the great thing is, that the joy we have in Jesus does not disappear.  It is nestled deep inside our hearts.  So when we have days like this then we can know that Jesus is with us and we can remember His love for us.

Do you have joy down in your heart?

My prayer is that you will open your heart to that joy.  My prayer is that you will spend time getting to know our Creator, through His written Word and through time spent with Him in prayer.  My prayer is that His joy will shine brightly through you so that others can see Him.

BE JOYFUL!

Prayer:  Almighty God, thank You for sending Jesus so that our joy may be complete.  We admit there are times when we do not want to be joyful.  There is a lot of pain in this world and sometimes it’s overwhelming.  Help us to remember the deep love we have for You and may Your joy overpower the pain and sadness that lives in us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Journal

  1. What has hidden your joy recently?  What can you do to find His joy in you?
  2. How have you shown the joy of the Lord to others?

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