With Obedience Comes Joy
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:10–11 (tniv)
In college, I had church leaders who opened their home and hearts to me. It meant a lot to me, and I wanted to do the same, so my husband and I started having a college Bible study at our house on Sunday around noon. We cook lunch and then have a Bible-study lesson. Right now, we’re going through a video Bible study on sex and dating.
This past weekend, I was in the kitchen making more food when it hit me how happy I was to have boisterous college students eating teriyaki meatballs in my living room. Talking about history classes and quirky co-workers and YouTube videos. Coming into the kitchen asking for more food. Barreling through bags of chips and bottles of soda.
But it wasn’t just a happy-happiness—it was a really deep-seated kind of joy that I felt deep down in my gut. A joy that had no logical explanation—it was just there. And it filled me entirely. David’s words about cups overflowing came to mind.
I knew in that moment that this was what God wanted me to do, to open my home and my heart to these students. I wanted to chat with them about silly things like their favorite comedians and about serious things like sex. I wanted to help them grow in their relationships with Jesus. I was filled with joy and a desire to serve the Lord in this way, to be obedient to Him.
FAITH STEP: Is there something Jesus wants you to do for Him? Have you hesitated in going through with it even though you know it’s something God wants? Remember that with obedience comes love and joy.
Written by Camy Tang