Contagious Joy

A lot of Christians seem to feel the life of a believer is one of constant heartache, disappointment, and sacrifice. At least that’s what shows on their faces. They allow the enemy to steal the joy Christ promises us by focusing on what they give up rather than what they have. Let’s look at a couple of passages that remind us of the joy we have in a Christ-centered life. 


In John 15, Jesus connects our joy to our love: 


11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 

The joy of the Lord naturally flows from His love for us and should result in our love for others. If we are feeling His love and sharing His love, our joy will be complete. 


Psalm 16:11 tells us we can find true joy in the presence of the Lord. Joy can be found in the assurance that God’s plan for our life is perfect and includes eternal happiness. 


11You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. 


However, His joy is not a river flowing into the pool of our lives just to fill us up. Joy is an action term. It strengthens us and demands to be shared with others. Nehemiah reminds us in 8:10 that the joy of the Lord is not just something you feel. It is actually His empowerment. His joy fills us up like an electric charge and pushes us to do ever greater things for ourselves and those around us. 


10Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 


1st Chronicles 16, reinforces this idea of strength for life flowing from joy in the splendor and majesty and power of our Lord: 


26For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 


Find joy in the Lord’s gifts and in his perfect plan for your life. Let that joy strengthen you and overflow into the lives of those around you. Joy is contagious and it is powerful.