Thursday, December 18, 2014

What happens when I respond to Jesus' call to come part 2

This past Sunday we continued with our new series "Carols?" This entire series we are going to look at 4 specific Christmas Carols and how they apply to our lives!!! This past Sunday we looked at "O Come All Ye Faithful." You can listen to the podcast or download it at  

You can also download an Amazon App for only $1.99 and have easy access to all of the podcasts right on your Android Smartphone. 

Yesterday I blogged about the first result that happens in our lives #1-God makes us more faithful. Today I want to talk about the 2nd result of responding to Jesus' call to come.

#2-Jesus helps us become more joyful

We actually see joy talked about in the Scripture as a fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5, the Bible says that the fruit of the spirit is love and that it is joy.
An apple tree produces an apple because it's an apple tree. It's not having to try any harder to produce an apple! It can't just squeeze out an apple, it just doesn't work. And it's that same way with us, our joy comes from a right relationship with God, it's not something that we can produce on our own. So many people have tried to produce joy through entertainment, drinking, parties, busyness etc. but it never works.

I think it is crucial that we understand that joy and happiness are worlds apart.

QUOTE: Happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Jesus.—Craig Groeshel

*Happiness depends on happenings; what's going on with me right now, do I really like what's going on with me right now? Do I not like what's going on with me right now? And that determines my state of happiness.

*But joy, that comes from Jesus. That comes from way down deep. That comes from something that's not a part of this world, that comes from something that is placed in you by the living God and put inside of your spirit. And out of that overflow, a fruit of the Spirit of love and joy comes out, because happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Jesus.
As we respond to the call of Jesus to come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30) we will find ourselves becoming more faithful and more joyful. The song O come all Ye faithful will ring a little bit more true in our lives.

No comments:

Post a Comment