Friends, it’s coming. Can you feel it?
My goal for Joy Bringer’s Advent is to help us stay more centered and deeply connected to the Joy Bringer, Jesus.
In Hebrews chapter one, the writer is describing the relationship between Jesus and the Father and says,
“Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
Did you catch that?! Jesus was the MOST joyful!
As we are in the process of becoming more and more like Jesus, we can be assured that it also looks like being saturated with the oil of joy.
Oil is something we put in or on things to loosen it up…to move freely and more effectively. The oil of joy helps us – powers us – to move through the rough, sticky, and narrow areas of life with freedom and ease. Joy is really that powerful!
In biblical times, oil was also used as power for their light sources. That’ll preach! The oil joy is the thing that keeps us powered as lights unto the world!
The reason Jesus was the most joyful was because he was free from sin, shame, burden, and fear. He was so light and free that no matter what he encountered, he could maneuver through it, come out unscathed, and still joyful. That came from a total understanding and trust in who his Father was and who he was.
I would like to confess that as we get closer to Christmas, my workload increases and my pile of to-dos are growing, I am feeling the pressure….and I still haven’t purchased one gift(!). But I am taking a moment to saturate in the oil of joy….the stuff that only comes from God. I need to move freely and smoothly through this next week. What I have learned is that to maintain my joy, I need to rely on God as my source and not manufacture it myself. The artificial joy substitute may work for a bit, but my version will run dry and there will be chafing (haha, that’s a visual!) and it doesn’t just irritate me, it affects others. I want to be like Jesus and move smoothly, with freedom and power, leaving a wake of joy behind me.
So, in Jesus name I bless you, and myself, with the oil of joy that flows from Jesus. Let’s get saturated, let’s burn bright, and leave a trail of it everywhere we go!