Advent Adoration – Joy
But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great Joy to all the people. Luke 2:10
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Song for the season, meal planning, gift wrapping, Christmas decorations, huge season sale discounts, kids excited about Santa, all happening… The third week of Advent, celebrating the Joyous gift of Christ’s birth.
Do we truly seek Joy in a rightful manner or is it okay to make do with temporal happiness that fades? Is their Joy in the Christmas songs or gifts received from loved ones? Is their profound Joy in your heart, from those accomplished goals and projects, as the year comes to an end? Or maybe, you found Joy in a long-awaited promotion, a giant step that will catapult your career to the next level? Could it be, that in the midst of all our worldly desires, dreams, aspiration and achievements’, Joy an important essence of life, we thought could have existed isn’t found in those discovered treasure of ours.
It always happens. Finding a nice pair of gorgeous heels in a store, try it on and pay, everything is perfect. Excited, can’t wait to step out with an elegant dress, only for you to realise, it feels uncomfortable after a period of time or probably not your best pair of heels any longer. Worse! Heel breaks! Funny! But true.
Somethings we toil tirelessly to gain, hoping that when we have them, real satisfaction and Joy flows like a river, but then, what seems like Joy at the moment of winning solidifies after a while. We look back later to those years of endless pursuit and realise there were all mundane things. We ask ourselves, “where did they Joy and Peace that comes with great accomplishment are? How did it evaporate so quick?” That was why Christ emphasised on a total dependence on him. Him being our priority, which is the foundation to an all round success in life.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
What is Joy? An inward peace and contentment, it is everlasting, like a precious stone that stands the taste of time, like a liquid gold that can never solidified no matter the temperature. Joy, an extreme feeling of confidence we have in Christ, though we do not see him but we believe and have faith that our today and tomorrow, our life and destiny is secure.
Where can you find Joy? Joy became alive at the very thought of God sending his beloved son to the World to be born in human flesh. Joy is found in his presence, in the salvation and redemption of his birth and death. Perfect Joy is in Christ, an essence of life worth having. Look no further!
I derive Joy knowing that Christ’s love is unconditional, I derive Joy from the strength I draw daily from his word, I derive Joy when I let the Lord lead me, it makes things a whole lot easier. I derive Joy doing what I know is right, being truthful to myself, being who and what God wants me to be. I can go on and on… what makes you leap for Joy daily?
How can you know Joy exists in you? Joy is supernatural. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit for the Fruit of Joy which is the second best after Love. Let Joy be rekindled in your heart, not just for the season but always.
Live a fulfilled life in Joy.