Are you happy today? Is happiness a key contributor to your attitude? Do you experience joy in your life? Do you think of joy and happiness as being the same? What is the source of your joy? Have you spent time thinking about it?
Most people in this world desire to experience happiness in their life. Our constitution even states people have the right to pursue happiness. Yet happiness can be fleeting. It often depends on our current situation.
The joy spoken of by Jesus is not fleeting. It is a deep joy. One that, though dependent on our situation, is not something that can be taken from us. The true joy He speaks of is the joy of knowing our names are written in the book of life. We live in the joy of knowing this life is temporary and our eternal life spent with Him is permanent.
Perhaps we can look at this way. I work out three times per week. While doing those stretches, crunches, pushups, and running, I experience some aches and pains. I don’t always want to experience the pain. Yet, I can be joyful about going through it knowing the long-term health effect of it. Our lives are much the same. There will be periods of disappointment, frustration, and even trouble. But we can still live in the joy of knowing it is temporary and we have an eternal reward.
Even in the happiest moments of our lives, Jesus says we should not go overboard. Yes, we can celebrate, but we should celebrate with the knowledge that our names are written in heaven. Our celebration should include the knowledge that we will spend eternity with God. Our joy is a true joy when we are confident in God’s promises and fully realize we are His.
I pray we all experience the true joy of Christ. I pray we celebrate with the joy of God in our heart. I pray each one of us rejoice that our names are written in the book of life. Seek true joy. Be confident your name is written in heaven. Always hold on to your joy. Experience the joy only Christ can give you.
Luke 10:17-20 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”