“But the angel said to them. Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause joy for all people.” —Luke 2:10
Joy is promised for all who are in Christ, yet it is not automatic. It requires our participation. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus reminds the lukewarm church that He is always seeking relationship, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.”
To maintain fellowship with God, we need to listen for His voice and respond. As we grow in fellowship with God, we will grow in our desire to know Him. We will pray and declare as the apostle Paul did In Philippians 3:10-11, “I want to know Christ — yes to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings. Becoming like Him in His death and somehow attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Paul said he considered his former life that had been filled with prestige and the honor of men to be garbage compared to the value of knowing Christ. He left us an example of finding joy. He gave everything for the One who gave everything for him.
Listen for His knock, respond to His voice, lay down your life, and rejoice.
- Joe Halpin