“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed Father’s command and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11
Jesus promises a perfect joy to those who are obedient to the word of God. He claims that the presence of his joy makes our joy complete!
But is it easy to be obedient despite our inherent rebellious nature? Doesn’t it happen that every time the Lord plants a seed of his word in our hearts, the enemy tries hard to take it out so that it may not turn into a big tree for the glory of the Lord?
Obedience is not easy but with God everything is possible.
To live a life that moves around the word of God is a daily struggle but those who exercise to build up spiritual muscles reap the benefits of a life where the fullness of joy is abound.
Jesus’ joy turns our “situation dependent joy” into prefect joy that is free since it comes from above.
The joy that this world gives is based on “cause and effect”, but the joy of Jesus produces the effect without the presence of the necessary condition. This is the principle of God’s kingdom where things exist and come to life by the power of his infallible word.
This is the power of the word that brought joy to Paul and Silas when they were in Jail with their feet fastened in heavy wooden blocks with chains. They were worshipping the living God in freedom and in return the Lord honoured them by giving them a reason to make their joy complete. They were freed from the jail, not only that the jailor and his family accepted the Lord as their saviour!
What a joy! The Lord made his servants remain in the effect of his joy even though the adverse situations dictated just the opposite, but since they were obedient, he brought them a reason to share in the perfect joy of Jesus.
Abraham found the joy in seeing the impossible and started walking in faith at the command of Holy God. Since he was faithful without any reason to believe, he was blessed with every reason to rejoice in the Lord and became the father of those who come to the Lord in faith.
Joseph stood on the word of God despite much persecution and suffering in his life. He didn’t give himself over to the sin induced temporary pleasure but honoured his God by being faithful and obedient. And the Lord made his joy complete by uniting him with his family.
Cause and effect might work in the seen world but in the world where unseen God rules, it has no meaning. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” Psalm 4:7
Is the Lord asking you to rejoice without any apparent reason? Trust him. He knows what he is doing and before long he will make your joy complete by adding every reason to it.