The Gift of Joy
According to a recent Harris Survey, only 1 in 3 Americans are happy. Studies have also named “Generation Y” as the most stressed generation. It would appear that there would be more to be happy about, one would guess. Although statistics show a growing number of people feeling more unhappy, it does not negate the fact that there is always a reason to take pleasure in all God is doing in our lives.
The arrival of Jesus is pointed out in scriptures as a reason to have joy when one accepts Christ as their Savior. This means that others should see joy radiate from the Christian, not only in Church, but in the grocery store, at ballgames, on your job, or wherever you may encounter others.
So why should you have joy? Great question. Here are a few reasons:
Jesus fulfilled his mission to save the world. John 3:16 tells that from His birth here on earth, the plan to save the world was in full effect. This joy cannot be taken away by anyone or anything unless we allow it (John 16:22).
Jesus will fight for you. In Isaiah 35, we are told to encourage others by letting them know that God is here now. The Comforter has come to save not only the day like superheroes, but to rescue us from a life of sin. He will defend us in every situation, if we are just still (Exodus 14:14).
Jesus forgives you. Some of the greatest contributors to unhappiness can come from our mistakes, poor choices, and a constant reminder of past sins. In Luke 2:10, the angel brought good news that the arrival of a bouncing baby boy brings with Him joy. The joy of knowing that God not only forgives us, but that He loves us unconditionally.
Who would not want the joy that Jesus freely gives to anyone who will receive Him? Take some time to reflect on the unspeakable joy given to the world as the greatest gift of all and pass it on to someone else.