“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”
Jesus does not want to hold anything back from us. Whatever He enjoys Himself He wishes us to have as well, and to the same degree. Not only does He want our joy to ‘be complete’, but His prayer to the Father, shortly before His arrest, said
“That they may have the full measure of My joy within them.” (John 17: 13)
This takes it to a level that cannot be surpassed. So with the blessing of forgiveness, abundant and eternal life, and a Godly purpose, comes this blessing of Christ-like joy. And in fulfilment of His desire we find that it is a part of the fruit of the Spirit produced in our lives, and following straight after love. Joy too is a gift from God.
We must begin to look at our relationship with God in a new light and at a deeper level. It is not a question of what God wants from us, but of what God wants for us! He wants us in His image, and completely so. He wants us to have eternal life and an abundant life. He wants us to have a purposeful and effective life. He wants us to be filled with His love (Romans 5:5 ). He wants us to have the ‘full measure’ of the joy of Christ within us. In short, He wants us to have what Christ has and enjoys – and so we become ‘co-heirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17)
The joy of which Jesus speaks is not a joy dependent upon external circumstances – such as a good income, a peaceful context, or public acclaim. Like the peace that passes understanding, this joy is a gift that comes from our relationship with God. It is a spiritual gift and develops in our spirits and not in our human influenced emotions. The closer we draw to God the more we open ourselves to His love and blessings, and enjoy them and Him in a new way.
Spend frequent time with God – think on His love and blessings. Ask Him to take you deeper.
Father you want so much for me. Please help me to desire and receive more of You. Amen.