Day Nineteen

Thursday 20 December // joy for our habitats

Habitats are the places where we are usually found, where we thrive and find joy and purpose. This might be your workplace, sports club, community group etc.

As we’ve already explored joy is found or experienced in allowing the hope of eternity to inform your current reality. We see this in the life of Jesus as he ‘rejoiced and gave thanks to God his Father’ when he began to announce the Kingdom of God. He taught his followers the same ‘joy in the wilderness’ saying, “when people reject and persecute you for following me, rejoice, be very glad, because your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:12).

The challenge for us is that eternity can feel far away, it is easy to get distracted in the here and now, being influenced by the world around us. In an instant gratification society, we need to actively engage in practices that allow us to be filled with the presence of God so that His joy may overflow through us into the lives and spaces we are placed.

How much is your hope for eternity evident to the people around you? What practices (prayer, worship, hospitality, service etc.) can you engage in in order to be filled daily with God’s joy, so that it might overflow to those around you?

 

Read: John 15:11
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

Romans 12:12-13
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.

Pray:  Thank God that he puts you into habitats where you have an opportunity to display joy, thinking of your specific spaces invite God to reveal where He is at work and how you can join in.

Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about