Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Gift of Joy

But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. John 17:13

This morning's sermon was about Christian Joy, with the above verse text. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling very joyous when I first began listening to the message. I had a groggy head from this cold I've been battling all week, and to tell you the truth, I was feeling a bit grumpy. But I warmed up as the preaching continued on. How could I not, while considering the joy that Jesus gives us. How could I not feel better while being reminded that we can have this joy while we're in this world and that the world can't take it away from us, even in the midst of disappointments, worries and other ills.

One of the brothers was praying during our prayer time tonight and used this term "The Gift of Joy." I want to remember it that way. Also, I went away from the morning message savoring one of the most important points made by our pastor. He said if we've lost our joy and have gone low, not to go and try to cling to joy itself to get it back; no, we're to go to Christ and cling to Him. Seek first Him, His kingdom, and all these things will be added. So the gift of joy comes from Jesus.


Anonymous said...

Maxine, what a great blog! Just the kind I am looking for to be refreshed and encouraged. What a blessing! I will visit often!
Blessings, Patty

Beverly said...

I love the idea of joy as a gift. Good words by our Pastor - clinging to Christ and His kingdom and as a result, having that joy given to us.