Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ministry Quiz #7: Joy


Over the past week I have been attempting to ask questions that were once asked of me by a close friend of mine. These are questions that have to do with the Christian life. I have turned them into a short quiz, asking you to evaluate your heart in these items. I have already covered the topics of love, sin, attitude, relationships, truth, and holiness. Today's question has to do with JOY.

Joy is one of those biblical characteristics that is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. It has to do with happiness, but not a happiness that is based on external things in life. It is something that is deep-rooted in a person's life. It probably manifests itself in a desire for God instead of a duty for God. This leads me to this very simple question:

Do I Experience Joy?

Do you know what it is? Have you experienced it? Are you experiencing it? The wisest man to ever live, outside of Jesus, King Solomon once said that "to the one who pleases him, God has given wisdom, and knowledge and joy" (Ecclesiastes 2:26). Paul tells us in Galatians that joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Yet, what I find interesting is that countless Christians around the world believe Christianity should be somber and serious and self-disciplined to the point of pain. But God does not desire us to do thing out of a dutiful attitude, but because of the joy in our heart. Finally, Jeremiah said that when he found the words of God, he ate them and they became a joy and delight to his heart (Jeremiah 15:16). 

Are you happy about being in Christ? Does it bring fulfillment in your life? Is there satisfaction there that is not brought about by other things? Or does the Christian life seem to you to be one of anything but joy? How would you grade yourself on your level of joy in the Christian life?

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