Joy made complete!
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
Scripture: 1 John 1-4
If you believe the words of this scripture passage then everything in you is or will be different from the time when you did not believe.
If Jesus is the Son of God, and was seen by shepherds, fisherman, tax collectors and ordinary people, and they are telling us that they saw Him, heard Him, touched Him with their own hands and “proclaim to us eternal life” which is Him, then why are we not acting like we believe them?
If John is speaking for the other disciples and telling us that they are passing on this information about the Son of God so that we can have fellowship with them and their fellowship is with God and Jesus, then why are we not eagerly seeking that fellowship?
If they are writing these truths to us to make their joy complete, why are we not sharing these truths with others so that our joy can be complete?
Belief is a process. Ridding us of unbelief is a process. These processes begin with God drawing us to Him and our response to that pull. No matter how small our belief, Our God is mighty to save us.
Picture an hourglass filled with sand – turn it over in your mind. As our unbelief diminishes, those sands of unbelief slowly become the sands of belief. As time goes on, our belief increases as our unbelief decreases.
If that is not happening in our lives, it is because we have allowed a roadblock to hamper our process of believing. Roadblocks are allowed so that we can take a step towards believing (also called a step of faith) – those steps are like the pieces of sand which need to move from one chamber of the hourglass to the other. They are temporarily stuck because we are positioning ourselves spread-eagled across the entrance between the chambers of the hourglass – in essence saying to Jesus, “I don’t believe you can take care of this”.
It is not a pleasant position to be in. It is heavy to shoulder all that unbelief. It is exhausting to hold that position – to be strong enough to hold it all together – to control the timing – to control others – to try to stop the time from happening.
But if we can just let go, we will topple into the chamber of belief. This chamber is filled with the love of Christ, the hope that it produces and the peace that comes with allowing Him to carry the burden.
Added bonus – As we share that experience with others as the Holy Spirit directs, we will experience an indescribable joy.
So as we begin this new year, may we respond to God’s nudges and the roadblocks He allows by toppling into the chamber of belief with joyful anticipation of what God has for us to share – because it is in the sharing that our joy will be made complete.