FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
John 15:11 ESV
ABIDING IS ENJOYING
A little boy sat patiently as he watched his pastor build a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. The pastor hammered away and the little boy watched. The boy didn’t say a word, so the pastor kept on working, thinking the boy would just leave. But he didn’t. Finally, the pastor asked, “Well, son, are you trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?” “No,” he replied, “I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer.”
When you hit your thumb with a hammer, the joy of the Lord may be the last thing on your mind and on your lips. It is easier on some occasions than others to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. All of John chapter 15 is about abiding, bearing fruit, being genuine disciples, having prayers answered, continuing in His love and obeying Him, and all that was for one great climactic blessing. To give us joy.
Jesus was within hours of the cross and He wanted the disciples to know this was all going to ultimately lead to deep seated spiritual joy. The author of Hebrews summed it up this way, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, you can have joy no matter what you are going through. So let us take the advice of Hebrews and put throw aside sin or anything that is slowing down our fruitfulness for Christ. Let us hang in there with our eyes fixed on Jesus and run a good race.