We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. — Hebrews 12:2
Have you ever done something extremely difficult but throughout the process, you felt God’s purpose in it? The truth is, purpose isn’t easy; it requires enduring some challenges. During those challenges, we can still experience God’s Joy and pleasure because it’s what you are created for.
The bible says that because of the joy set before Jesus he could endure unthinkable pain and suffering. He was more excited about giving us life than he was sad about experiencing death.
I know life isn’t always easy, but when we are walking in our purpose, we experience levels of joy that exceed our levels of pain. Purpose doesn’t always make you happy, but it will ultimately bring you joy. Joy gives us fuel to keep pursuing our purpose even when life gets difficult. The bible says the Joy of the Lord is our strength.
To experience Joy, we must ask two questions:
- Where do I find the most joy in life? This will bring clarity to understanding where God is calling me. The areas we experience the most joy are generally where God wants to position us.
- How do I fuel my joy? What are activities, experiences, and environments that fill you with joy? Life is hard, but God has wired us to let joy fuel us. You must find what fills you to make sure you have something to give.
When we live out God’s purpose for our lives, we experience the joy of the Lord. My prayer is that over the next couple weeks, you will experience joy in new ways as you live on purpose.
Are you experiencing joy living out the purpose? Where have you experienced the most joy in your life?