By: Justin Beville
I do not think there is anything that brings more joy to my earthly life than to see my kids happy. Tucker and Turner (our new twins) are doing great and everyday make positive strides towards growing and consuming food. I cannot wait to see them grow as the year continues. Our other son is three and his world is brand new compared to two months ago. He may get on my nerves sometimes, but his joy and happiness is contagious. Luke enjoys things that he loves. We should enjoy things we love when they are in their right place.
Yesterday, Luke got to dress up for a fall festival. He has been wanting to be Blippi, so we surprised him and made that happen. He was not disappointed as told by the story on his face! He was joyous and it made me happy to see him enjoying his little life. I also enjoyed some of his candy he brought home (he doesn’t know how much I ate, so do not tell him).
This moment and many others in my family will bring me great joy. Unfortunately, this joy is temporary compared to eternal joy. Yes, I will have memories and think back to these moments with a smile on my face! Yes, I will remind my kids of the joyous moments in their life, but the only joy that last is joy found in Christ! I pray that one day my kids will experience everlasting joy.
There is no greater joy in life compared to what we were created for! We were created in God’s image and for His glory (Gen. 1:27-28). Joy is a common theme in the Bible that we see as people are united to Christ. Prior to his conversion, Paul found great joy in persecuting Christians. His life was redeemed and he gladly exchanged persecuting to being the persecuted. It was a joy to be in prison for being faithful to Jesus. Nothing else mattered! This resulted in a life and pursuit of Jesus and the joy that he give through life with Him. Again, this is what we were created for!
Paul in Romans writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
James tells us to count it all joy when we endure trials (James 1:2).
No joy is fully understood or achieved apart from Christ. Jesus died for us so that we could receive salvation. Hebrews 12:1-2 make it so clear “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.”
It was of great joy for Jesus to do the will of the Father. Too often we look to say, I’ll find joy apart from Christ (entertainment, drugs, alcohol, etc). In reality, true joy is only found in the will of the Father. True joy is found in Christ. This is what we were designed for (to bring God glory). You may be looking for joy in a lot of places, but nothing will bring you more joy than this!