IS YOUR JOY BRIMFUL?
JOHN 15: 11
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JESUS CHRIST, on the eve of His execution, left the upper room
with His disciples and made His way toward the garden of
Gethsemane. Their path took them by the magnificent temple. They
passed a magnificent ornament, a "golden vine with a cluster as
large as a man." Christ seized on this beautiful graphic as a
visual aid. He used the motif of the vine and the branch to
illustrate His relationship with His followers.
He used the primary vine to represent Himself. The branches He
said were like us. What comes from the vine is manifested in the
He doesn't call us to a grim, cheerless existence. He said that
if we abide in His love there will flow from Him to His loving
followers His joy. He longs for this union in order that His
"joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:
The greatest of all experts in the art of living tells us to be
glad we are alive -- to be joyful.
Joy is the zest of life. When the spring of joy goes dry, the
vitality and magnetism of life is lost.
This is a primary secret of the Christian life. His is not
sporadic joy dependent upon circumstances, conditions, or our
colleagues. Jesus said of the joy He provides, "Your joy no man
taketh from you" (John 16: 22). It is the product of a personal
relationship with Christ. If that joy is absent, check up on
your personal relationship with Christ.
The fact this joy is relational is found in the reality it ...
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