John 17:13 - Joy In Jesus.
John 17:13 - Joy In Jesus.
John 17:13 (NIV) I say these things while I am still in the
world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
JOY 5479: Joy is the second of the graces of the Spirit listed
by Paul (Gal. 5:22). True joy is not found in noisy laughter or in
giddy excitement caused by the world's shallow pleasures. The
Christian finds his joy in resting in the love of Christ, in victories
won, and in unselfish service for humanity. Joy will reach its
highest realization in the world to come, but a high degree of joy may
be experienced here and now by those who abide in Christ. [SDA
Bible Commentary re John 15:11]
John 17:6-19: Jesus Prays for His Disciples.
As Jesus was entering into the last days of his life on
earth, he prayed for his disciples and for all disciples to come. His
petitions were for union with the Father, joy, protection, and usefulness.
The sequence of those petitions is significant (Joh.17:11-17)
Friendship with Christ is the first priority and is basic for
the qualities that follow. Out of that intimate, love relationship,
joy is a logical consequence. Jesus knew, as he prayed for his
disciples, that if they did indeed come into fellowship with him and
exhibit the kind of full-fledged joy that he gives, there would be
opposition from the world, and so he prayed not that his disciples would be
protected from the world or taken out of it into a kind of insulated, holy
huddle, but that they would be protected from anything that would
destroy that union and joy. Then, out of that dynamic partnership,
usefulness would naturally flow.
The more I know Him, the more I experience that deep inner
well of joy that is not dependent on external circumstances. This
joy is present even in the midst of suffering and sorrow; it is a
motivating power even in discouragement and dismay. [Jeanie Miley; Time
with God devotional SB]
If there is anything that ought to characterize the life of a
Christian, it is joy! Jesus spoke many times to His disciples about His joy
being complete and full in them. His disciples were filled with joy as
they realized who they were: children of God and joint heirs with
Christ (Ro 8:16-17). They had been dead in their sins but were now made
alive in Christ (Ro 6:4). They had once been helpless victims of
death, but now death had no hold over them (1Co 15:55-58). With such a
marvelous salvation experience with Christ, how could the disciples be
anything less than joyful?
Don't deny yourself that which is your birthright as a child
of God. Don't be satisfied with a joyless life. There ought to be
in every Christian a deep, settled fullness of the joy of Christ
that no circumstance of life can dispel. This comes as you allow the
Holy Spirit to express Himself in your life. One of the fruits of the
Spirit is joy (Gal. 5:22). This joy is unlike any happiness that is
produced by the world. It fills you and permeates everything you do.
Jesus did not pray that you would merely be happy or even
that you would escape grief. He prayed that you would have the same
joy that the Father had given Him: a divine joy, a joy that comes
from a deep and unwavering relationship with the Father. It is a joy
that is grounded so firmly in a relationship with God that no change
in circumstances could ever shake it. This is the kind of joy that
Christ is praying will be in you. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry
and Richard Blackaby]
"My Joy ... Your Joy"
What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused
with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the
word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His
absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father--the joy of doing
that which the Father sent Him to do--"... who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross ..." (Hebrews 12:2). "I delight to do Your
will, O my God ..." (Psalm 40:8). Jesus prayed that our joy might
continue fulfilling itself until it becomes the same joy as His. Have I
allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?
Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily
health, in circumstances, nor even in seeing God's work succeed, but in
the perfect understanding of God, and in the same fellowship and
oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. But the first thing that
will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too
much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said, "... the cares of this
world, ... choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful" (Mark 4:19). And
before we even realize what has happened, we are caught up in our
cares. All that God has done for us is merely the threshold--He wants us
to come to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim
who Jesus is.
Have the right relationship with God, finding your joy there,
and out of you "will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). Be a
fountain through which Jesus can pour His "living water." Stop being
hypocritical and proud, aware only of yourself, and live "your life ... hidden
with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). A person who has the right
relationship with God lives a life as natural as breathing wherever he goes.
The lives that have been the greatest blessing to you are the lives
of those people who themselves were unaware of having been a
blessing. [My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers re John 15:11]
Coming to know the Lord at thirteen was a turning point in my
life. The adolescent years were filled with deep grief and turmoil for
me as our family faced life with my father, who was an abusive
alcoholic. Each day as I was learning everything I could about a heavenly
Father, I had to face my worldly father. There were times when the
alcohol and abuse seemed too much to bear, and those days of trial and
tribulation were extraordinarily difficult.
One day while reading my Bible, I came upon John 16:33. I
remember weeping as I experienced a sense of the Lord's presence. At that
very moment, God revealed to me that through him I could have peace
in all things and that although we live in a fallen world, I could
have joy through him because the world has no power over God. He has
overcome the world. He is the conqueror, defeater, and deliverer, and he
reigns over all things. That Scripture verse carried me through my high
school days until I left home to find healing. God used it to give
peace to my heart during my toughest days.
Oh yes, and this is no small thing: My earthly father now
serves the God who reigns over the world. He never misses church.
Tina Samples is a music therapist, worship minister, speaker,
singer-songwriter, pastor's wife, and mother of two boys. [The One Year Bible Live
Verse Devotional re John 16:33]
Happiness Come And Goes
Joy Comes And Grows
LINK TO A MUSICAL SPECIAL ON JOY:
Joy In My Heart by Karen Peck, New River, and Joy Gardner: