Is joy a description of your life?
What is joy and why is it so important?
In Luke 2:8-20 we can see from the shepherds how to experience real joy.
1. Genuine joy is constantly anticipated
• God made you, but sin has marred you. In our efforts to feel complete we are prone to chase, but what are we chasing?
• The truth is that joy isn’t elsewhere. It is right here. You don’t have to keep chasing an illusion. God has come to us right here.
2. Genuine joy is contagiously active
• You are invited to go and see. Go and see what God can do.
• You are invited to go and tell.
• You are invited to go and rejoice.
3. Genuine joy is constantly attacked
Satan’s goal is to kill, steal, and destroy. We have a choice to live out the joy of Jesus in our lives. We can choose to block that joy or activate it.
• Attacker: Envy/Jealousy – focusing on what others have and not on what God has given you.
• Activator: Contentment – being satisfied in what God has given you, not focusing on what you lack or want.
• Attacker: Ingratitude – lacking a thankful attitude toward God and others, which can lead to cynicism, bitterness, and entitlement
• Activator: Thankfulness – a state of mind that understands the multitude of reasons to give thanks to God for who He is and what He does in your life.
• Attacker: Comparing – measuring yourself, i.e. worth, gifts, accomplishments, possessions, etc. against others.
• Activator: Celebrating – acknowledging the goodness of God in the unique way He has created other people and the many ways He has blessed them.
4. Genuine joy is conveniently available
See: Luke 2:10-11
• Notice: “Good news, great joy, all people, Savior”
You are invited to experience the joy that is only available through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Want to talk with someone about your next step? Reach out to us by texting “Next” to 662-301-9107.