“And these things we write unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (I John 1:4)
Can you say that you are living the Joyful life that Christ died to give you? Many Christians, those who believe in Jesus Christ as being the Son of God who was sent into the world to save the world from sin (John 3:16), only know Jesus as a loving Savior, but not as LORD of their life and therefore never fully experience God’s full Joy.
What do I mean by this? Many Believers only want enough of Jesus to get them to Heaven after they die. I once saw this on a church sign, “If your Faith won’t get you to church on Sundays how it is going to get you to Heaven after you die?” The Apostle Paul speaks about “carnal” or immature Christians who never fully mature or develop in the full surrender of Grace, Mercy, and Knowledge of Jesus. How truly sad.
I would hate to know that I lived out my entire life here on Earth never coming to full knowledge and surrender to the very One (Jesus) who died and rose again to give me eternal life. I want as much of Jesus in my life that I can possess while here on Earth! This doesn’t mean that I am perfect by any means. It actually means that I see myself completely lost and empty without Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can fulfill the deepest needs in a person’s life.
To experience the fullness of God’s Salvation and Joy is accepting and inviting Jesus into your life not only as Savior but also as LORD of your life. When we make Jesus the LORD of our life then we invite Him into every realm and aspect of our lives; Sunday through Saturday, seven days a week; 24/7. When Jesus is LORD of our life we make prayer a top priority. We seek to grow and mature in the Word of God through faithful Bible study, faithful church attendance, and faithful gathering with other born-again Christians. Jesus becomes our daily focal point.
When Jesus becomes our focal point or the center of our lives then we begin to truly experience the full Joy that Jesus died to give us. A “Joy-Filled” life is not a life without pain, trials, difficulties, or hard times. A “Joy-Filled” life is a life fully devoted to Trusting God in all things knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
My friends, I hope you are experiencing the “Full Joy” that Jesus died to give you. I hope that your life is saturated in prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other committed born-again believers. Oh, that our Joy may be full. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author