I’m going to boast a little right now … about my hubby. Jay is such a blessing in my life. He is a strong spiritual leader in our household and such a positive influence on those around him. With that, it’s that time when Jay writes a post for me, this month: What is the Joy of the Lord?
Jay is a man of peace and patience. He is slow to anger and quick to help. You can see the joy of the Lord in him most days. I love him very much. So … without further ado: Jay Keith, everyone.
What is the joy of the Lord? Where does it come from? Who can know it and enjoy it? Three questions that we can answer from 1 Peter 1:3-9:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
WHAT IS THE JOY OF THE LORD?
Have to start out by stating that we are talking about an inexpressible and glorious joy that comes from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So how do you express an inexpressible joy? One way is by understanding that we can have joy even when our circumstances are less than perfect. I once heard someone say that happiness depends on happenings, joy depends on Jesus. This is a great point! I may not be happy about the things that are going on in my life. I may not be happy about certain struggles I am dealing with. But, I can still have joy even when or especially when things aren’t going according to plan because of Jesus.
Another way we can express this joy is in our attitude and the way we look at life. When we understand that nothing can take our joy if it is in Jesus, we can live our lives with new purpose. Consequently, people will see our actions and our attitudes expressed in how we live our lives differently than those around us. Our joy will shine, regardless of what is going on in our lives, and people will see Jesus in us. That is the joy of the Lord!
Where does the Joy of the Lord come from?
It may seem obvious, but it’s not a trick question. The joy of the Lord comes by faith, through Jesus, from God. It’s all right there in the passage. God makes this joy available to those who would receive it. He makes it available through His Son, Jesus. Our joy really is found in Jesus. We can have this joy because we know what God did for us in giving us His Son to die on the cross for us. The glory, honor, and praise go to God for His love and grace and this joy is activated by our faith.
Who can know the Joy of the Lord and enjoy it?
This is the best part. The joy of the Lord is available to everyone who believes in Jesus and has the faith to act on that belief. This passage starts with praise to God for giving us new birth. How does He do that? Romans 6:3-5 says…
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Our living hope comes with our new life that we are raised to through our baptism. Our baptism is how we are buried with Christ and raised to a new life, just as Jesus was raised from the dead to a new life. This new life is a life of joy. Joy in the here and now, and more importantly joy in eternity. And God says this joy, this salvation, is being kept in heaven until the time when Jesus comes again. This means there is nothing on this earth that can take it or steal it, or tarnish it, or corrode it unless we allow it to. And I love the way this passage ends. Our faith will result in the salvation of our souls.
Get Into the Word
I understand that we can’t save ourselves. I understand that acts or works by themselves will not bring about our salvation. However, I do believe that a genuine faith in God and in our Lord Jesus Christ will result in actions that prove our faith. Jesus said if we love him we will keep his commandments. If you trust in Jesus and believe His words to be truthful then it seems to me it would be pretty important to figure out what His commandments are. The only way to do that is to get into the Word.
Thank you, Father, for Your Son; for loving us enough to allow Him to die for us. Thank you for Your mercy, Your grace, and Your forgiveness. And thank you for the joy that You have given us through Your Son in this life and in the life to come. Help us to be the kind of followers that show that joy in our lives and who share it with others around us.
In Jesus name, Amen!
What wonderful words my love! How blessed are we that we have a God who loves us so much to provide us a way to spend our eternity with Him?!? A God who finds ways for us to be joyful. We are so loved!
What did you think of his post, y’all?
Have a Blessed Day,