Discovering Four Sources
of JOY in John 15
I often wonder how much fruit I’m bearing, especially JOY. I’m told I’m patient. Others say I exhibit peace. But, Joy? Over the last several years I’ve wondered why I’m lacking in the joy department.
Now, I know these qualities aren’t something I can manufacture on my own. If I could get JOY-seeds, I would plant them so I could share the fruit with others. But, since there isn’t any such thing as Burpee Joy-seeds, what can I do? Scripture says the Holy Spirit produces fruit in me.
When I was asked to lead a Bible study on JOY, I laughed at God’s sense of humor. What better way to answer the question of where JOY comes from? For months I’ve wondered how I can FEEL joyful? I am asking for His Truth to be made clear. And, now it seems every place I look, I am discovering His answers.
In John 15:11 Jesus says, “I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete.” I pondered the question; What is Jesus referring to?
In John 15, I See Four Sources of Joy.
1. Be Attached to the Vine—Jesus says He is the vine, I am a branch, and the Father is the Gardener. A branch receives life from the vine so I receive my spiritual life from Jesus Christ. Jesus said He will never leave me. As a child of God, I have JOY because I belong to Jesus and I have His life giving Spirit.
2. Abide in Christ—I must stay nearby, spending time in His presence. I receive my spirit’s nourishment from Him. On my own, I can’t accomplish anything but He tells me if I remain in Him I will bear much fruit. The closer I am to Him, the more joyful I am.
3. Rely on Jesus - He gives me the strength and power to live in the way I need to. Scripture tells me to “walk in a manner worthy of my calling.” I rely on Him for everything because I CAN’T do it on my own. JOY stirs when His way is made clear and He equips me with what I need to follow Him. And, He is the one that cares for the things I’m concerned about.
4. Recognize His love - John 3:16 says, “God loved the world so much He gave Jesus…so anyone who believes will have eternal life”. The passage tells me that Jesus loves me in the same way that His Father loves Him. Jesus loves me so much that even when I’m at my worst, He died for me so I can be forgiven. Feeling loved and chosen awakens JOY within me.
Jesus Has Given Me Everything
Jesus gives me His presence, spiritual food, power, love, forgiveness and eternal life.
GRACE = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
I am saved by grace through faith, not by anything I try to do on my own so I can’t boast about it. When I think of who I am because of Christ and what He’s done for me, JOY wells up within me. I tell you this because you can experience His JOY too; JOY in being His forever.
What have you discovered about JOY? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
On the Lookout for JOY,
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