We have been talking about Joy. Here are the main ideas of what we have covered so far: Joy – Authentic Joy comes from God and is found in God. The source is God and that is where you need to look. The starting point for the having joy in our lives begins with God. Joy is not a one time choice but a choice that you need to make daily and many times on most days! Make the choice now to live in Christ and to allow Christ to live in you and you will be making the choice for joy.
Here are a few more thoughts on some things we can do that will help keep us focused on being joyful. These are areas that if we do them – we will find ourselves being much more joyful.
Let us remember these things:
Invite God to be a part of everything you do – 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. If you are doing everything to God’s glory then you will find true joy. You will feel true joy when you are serving God in everything that you do! When you are doing it to His glory, you are asking Him to be a part of it. Never lose the focus of everything in this life is to be done with God in focus. That goes from the trivial things in life like eating and drinking to the majors in life and everything in between. Joy comes daily, when you daily do all for God.
Do not complain! – People who complain are people who do not have joy. The funny thing is that most people do not see themselves as complainers. Complainers are people who put their eyes on circumstance rather than on God. When your eyes are on the circumstances you are not making a good choice – you are not choosing joy! The bible in Philippians 2:14 says, Do all things without complaining and disputing,. The Old Testament has some harsh things happen to those who complain. Take some time later and look up the snakes biting the children of Israel in Numbers 21, why because they were complaining.
Just like joy being contagious, so is complaining. That is why I believe that God deals with it so harshly. If you complain about work do see others joining in? Yes, because most people have programmed their brains to see the negative and complain, not to see the positive and find joy in it. When things at home, work, church, or anywhere else do not go your way, what do you do? Do you choose Joy or do you complain. Most if they are honest will say they complain. To get past this you need to begin to focus in on the joys instead of everything that is wrong. The more you focus you energy on the joys of life the more joy you will feel in life.
Events are opportunities see God – Instead of getting down and depressed about things that happen in your life. Look and find God, he can be found in the most unexpected places. When bad things happen we can get upset and be miserable and begin to rob joy from others or we can be over comers. John 4:4 tells us, You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Then in Romans we read this: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom 12:21).
When we come across hard times it is our chance to overcome the evil that is around us with the good of Christ. When that happens you will feel a sense of joy that is unexplainable.
People are Special – Jesus in his ministry was all about people. Jesus built relationships with people. Jesus understood that people are special and that they are the ones that bring joy. True joy is found in relationships, in building, making, and keeping relationships. A life without relationships is a life without joy.
The goal is to live a life of joy. This is possible and it is a choice that we choose each and every day.
We begin by making the choice for a good day. Then we ask God to be a part of everything that we do and we do everything to his glory. We do not complain because that robs us of joy but we see that we are to overcome the problems. Finally we see that people and relationship are special and they are where joy can spring. When we do these things we will find ourselves much more joyful.
Let us all make the choice right now to be joyful on a daily basis so that joy spreads rather than complaining!
Which one of the things I mentioned today (inviting God to be a part of everything, not complaining, events are opportunities, and people are special) do you have the most difficult time with and why do you think that is?