I’m thinking about joy this morning. The resurrection of Christ on Easter morning gives us the hope of joy. We may struggle to live fully in joy, but it’s available, possible, and our ultimate destiny as believers in Christ.
Joy is available because it’s one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Fruit isn’t something we just try harder to do. We must pursue God and allow the Holy Spirit to being about that joy in our lives.
Not only is joy available, it’s also possible because of God’s life-giving power.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:25-27)
If God can restore broken relationships between Himself and His creation, He can bring about joy in our lives as well.
And our ultimate joy will come in heaven when we see God face to face. What’s even more amazing is that God longs to have us there.
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus willingly went to the cross so He could be in relationship with us. He longs for every one of His creation to trust in His power to forgive sin. He longs with joy to have us feast with Him in heaven (and we all love a good feast)! That is something to rejoice in.
Are we pursuing God, asking for His joy, and rejoicing in our future hope?
Happy Easter everyone!