Source of Joy
What is your source of Joy? Do you remember when you first heard that Jesus Christ loved you and sacrificed his life to have an eternity with you? I can remember everything about that day when I could feel the Holy Spirit for the first time. No one could stop me from talking about it... Until they did. I became an outsider, and slowly began to give in to the societal pressures of not speaking about religion. I still had my devotionals with God... until I didn't. The thorns of life took over and I decided to place my time and trust in other things. This is how our passion and love for God goes stale. We make a conscious decision to try and take back the throne of control in our lives. How can you tell if you need to refocus? Look at where you are investing your time. How we allocate the hours of our day speak greatly about what is important to us. Is your joy found in Jesus or in being entertained? We are tired and weary, but there is only one who can carry our burdens and give us strength for another day.
Lord, how easy it is for me to become distracted and turn towards other things to occupy my time. Help me to remember those first moments I fell in love with you. Back when I didn't care about the perception of other people, I just cared what you thought of me. God, help me to be bold in my faith and in the way I pursue you. Allow me to refocus my time and attention to you. You are so willing to take my burdens when I trust you with them. Allow me to be rich in love and refresh my soul to yearn only for you. Amen.
Revelation 3:15-17 (NIV) I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Matthew 28-30 (NIV) "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."