Chasing Joy

Chasing Joy

When God intersects our brokenness with His bigness…our lives are transformed.

1 Peter 1:3-9
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

  • But Jesus NEEDED to go through Samaria. He would not be bound by the cultural limitations of His time
  • John 4:5-18
  • Why not happiness?
    • Situational: A place where our outlooks are driven by the circumstances of our lives, the external forces become the catalyst of our belief.
    • Short-term: Because happiness is situational, that means it will always be short term. Circumstances change, and so will our “happiness” in those spaces.
    • Swayed by Emotion: Depending on our overall emotional outlook, our level of happiness can be adjusted. Will money do it? Will the “right” person do it? Will the right job, or right position do it? Only when circumstances and emotions are right when pursuing happiness.
  • “The Squirrel Syndrome”
  • We settle for the imitation when we seek happiness over joy.
  • The starting point for joy is found at the intersection of Jesus and our greatest need.
  • Joy comes when Jesus is given the authority to break down barriers in our lives…

John 4:19-26
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

    • Barrenness… Death to life
    • Blemished… Darkness to light
    • Brokenness… Destruction to lifting others
  • When God intersects our brokenness with His bigness… our lives are transformed – with joy.

John 4:28-30
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.