Friday 21 December // Joy for Aotearoa
Jesus models the challenging and inescapable link between joy and suffering. Hebrews 12:2 says ‘For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ He also commanded each one of us to daily take up our cross and follow him.
Each one of us has been gifted with a unique piece of God’s heart (a desire to see things the way they were designed to be), and this is the carrier of joy for us. The link between us and heaven. Like Jesus, this will also require sacrifice, perseverance and endurance.
After his death and resurrection, Jesus commissioned his followers to go out and announce the good news that he was the risen King of the world. And as they did so, the early Christian communities were known for being “full of joy” even when they were persecuted.
How are you proclaiming the good news this Advent?
Read: Habakkuk 3:18-19 (AMP)
Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army];
He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet. And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].
Pray: Rejoice that God is your strength and source of courage. Ask God to fill you with joy and boldness in pursuing the piece of God’s heart you carry.
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