Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Joy is our inheritance.
Let that sink in…
If tomorrow you were given a life-altering antidote, and you were in a dire situation, would you refuse the medication provided? Chances are, you couldn’t get it in your possession fast enough…
Yet why, do we as Christians live our lives in pursuit of happiness alone…neglecting the kingdom inheritance of JOY?
Everything in our culture is telling us what we need to do, possess, succeed at, and look like, to experience happiness…
…and, if after receiving a cultural briefing on standards, you find that you still aren’t happy, there are plenty of products and services on the market to provide a quick fix.
But joy is so much deeper than that. And often, when we focus our attention on the world, and all of its momentary earthly gains, we lose our happiness altogether, and at a startling rate.
This world is not our home. So it’s natural to experience spiritual fatigue when all we do is medicate our eternal longings, with earthly STUFF.
Check out these stats:
The WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It’s also the world’s leading cause of disability. — Healthline
That’s a lot of people battling this illness. And I am not saying that every case of depression is created equal, but I will say that at the root of depression, there is still an earthly paradigm structure. But we weren’t made for earthly living; we were made for kingdom dwelling.
How could Paul and Silas stay joyful chained inside a darkened prison cell? How could three young men be found dancing in the midst of rising flames…only the JOY that was set before them…only Jesus.
If you are struggling to find true joy, I beg you…look towards Jesus. Give him everything, not a religious formula, not a fix-all mandate, just you. And all of you.
When He is the JOY set before you, all of those things that promise happiness, pale in comparison with the light of His face.
Return to your first love, and let JOY become your antidote for life.