Anyone who does not remain in me... withers. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 15:6-11 (NLT)
I love to see my American flag flying high. It’s stunning when the wind catches it, but without the wind, it just droops on the flagpole. The joy of the Lord is like a flag raised when Christ becomes our focus in life. The Holy Spirit activates it, and our very countenance shows it off. Flags flown from on high get people’s attention just like the joy on your face is eye-catching.
Jesus wants you to know first His joy so that your joy can be complete. He chose and appointed you to bear fruit, to live on purpose so that you might have an abundant life. Abiding in Christ makes the soil of your heart fertile. God’s word flourishes in you, and without any self-effort, you become fruitful. The seeds that you plant in others change their lives. God answers your prayers in marvelous ways. Your joy doubles as you see your life change and the lives of those you influence.
Have you been drooping a bit lately? Are you withering on the vine? You need fresh wind. Ask the Holy Spirit to blow upon you and teach you how to abide in Christ. Decide to listen to God’s word and sit under teaching that will change your mindset. Soak both in His love and His Word; before long, the sap of God’s joy within you will rise, and you will rise high with it!