When we think of joy there is probably an easily identified list of things that bring us joy. For all parents, early moments of their children smiling at them, as the join and expand the family. For children it may be more of the simple pleasures, like ice cream while being pool side. There are plenty of things that bring us joy during every week or even almost every day. As believers we must get to place of aligning our joy with God’s joy. The apostle John exemplifies this alignment in his writings to a dear friend and fellow leader of the faith. In verse three and four of the third letter of John, he wrote this: “3For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” The greatest joy we can have as believers is when we share the gospel with others and we continue to hear of how their life clings to follow the truth of the gospel of Jesus as they experience and allow the Holy Spirit to transform their life for the gospel.
Having this joy is what drives our vision at Oasis to reach other people for God, and together, take next steps with Christ. We will obtain a deeper meaning to sharing the gospel of Jesus rather than just to see who will believe it and who won’t. This joy will strengthen the actions of the body of Christ as we interact with the world around us. Just think, Jesus shook the world with a core group of twelve individuals, what could he do with churches who were full of this joy to see people living for the gospel, and not just converting people to the belief of the gospel.