There are many triggers that can quickly turn a good day into a not so good day. We all have different things that can push us over the proverbial edge. Matter of fact, you probably have a list of things that can send you into a downward spiral. That list probably changes based on every environment of your day. If you are with the family, there are most likely things that the kids can do that may incite anger, frustration, or despair. Wives, I’m sure there are those things your husband does which can completely alter your mood in an instant.
Even greater than the things which can come and go during the regular happenings of the day… the unexpected health news or job loss can be devastating. There are things that we face in life which have a significant impact on us and our home. We have all walked through those times and may even find ourselves in the middle of one of those seasons today.
It was a great weekend at Crossings Community as we discussed the great gift of joy given to us in Jesus. That gift of joy does not mean we are promised a life of health, wealth, and happiness. However, it does mean that we can walk through the most difficult of situations with a joy that is inexpressible because of our understanding of God’s great love and sovereignty (1 Peter 1:8-9). This is a mark of maturity amidst a Jesus-believing life.
We have access to this joy inexpressible the moment we believe in Him. Yet why is it almost unrecognizable in the life of most so-called Christians? This gift of joy grows and becomes an evident mark of our life as we grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus. Therefore, if we are not growing in that relationship we are not growing in our joy-filled eternal perspective.
Happiness is not biblical joy. However, the fullness of biblical joy will bring happiness into situations which the world would see no reason for happiness. This is another example of how foolish our gospel-centered lives will look to those who are not being transformed by Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18).
So, what does a church look like that is marked by this biblical joy? Today, I just want to draw attention to one way that a church marked by joy will look different.
The church is made up of people all journeying through the difficulties of life. If that group of people are growing in their relationship with Jesus then they are growing in their joy. When a group of people gather together who are walking in biblical joy their WORSHIP is something which is longed for in their weekly rhythm.
Biblical joy changes the way we worship because it has changed our perspective. When the church begins to worship out of a biblical joy then the glory of God is put on display in palatable ways.
I am praying this over our wonderful church at Crossings Community.
Where are you on the journey of biblical joy? How are you growing in that joy?