Well, on Wednesday morning I heard a sermon on the TV and the first words out of the pastors mouth was “No one can take your joy because they can not take what they did not give”...I was like, huh? I listened carefully and realized God was talking to me. He is right...my singles, nor my church, my family, this world...no one can take my joy for Christ gave me my joy. As long as I am doing the work of the Lord, as long as I am in His will...as long as I am where He has placed me, His joy is complete in me.
But can the world affect my joy? Yes, if I let it and that is what had happened. I had been letting all of people’s problems, issues, failure, etc...affect my joy. So, OK, if this wasn’t enough to get my attention I picked up a devotion I keep in my bathroom (just something I keep around the house to have those extra minutes with the Lord). I randomly flipped through and came upon a devotion on joy. I was huh? OK, what is it this time Lord. Again, the message was that joy was not in my circumstances..but in Him. It doesn’t matter where I am on this planet, what work, what relationships...my joy, my identity is in Christ. Wow, OK God...I get it..no, no He said. I went to do my normal morning quiet time and flipped to day 7 and the title..Joy and Contentment. I was like, OK God, I GET IT!!! LOL.
Here is what it said..the secret of life: living contently in the moment—not dwelling on the good ol’- days, nor wistfully dreaming about what might be, but living now, today. OK, OK Lord...I surrender, I surrender. You gave me a job to do your work. A ministry. You have placed me in this place at this minute. I know you placed me here so I know you are in control. Everything I do is about you. I will surrender my will to yours. I will stop complaining about what it used to be or what it could be and just be. I will be thankful for where I am. Thank you Lord for continuing to not leave me where I was. Thank you for continuing to reach out to me even when I don’t reach back. Thank you that I am still teachable. Thank you for the privilege of doing your work. That its not just a job but a relationship with you that gets transfer to relationship with others for your purpose and glory.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.