Joy is the rarest and most infrequent thing in the world. We already have enough fanatical seriousness, enthusiasm, and humorless zeal in the world. But joy? This shows us that the perception of the living God is rare. When we have found God our Saviour – or when he has found us – we will rejoice in him.
Joy is peculiar. Joy is the characteristic that makes people look at you weird. Joy is the attribute that causes others to be uncomfortable around you.
Think of King David dancing joyfully with all of his might, naked, before the ark of the covenant. That would and did make people uncomfortable. His response when asked about his behavior, “You ain’t seen nothing, yet.”
Joy in our Savior and His salvation should not be abnormal. Joy in our Father and being restored to His family should not be “out there.” Joy in our humanity and it’s restoration to divinity should not be weird.
Joy should be the breath of the believer. Joy should be the world we live in. Joy should be the clothes we dress in.
I think that joy and thankfulness go hand-in-hand.
Ann Voskamp in her book One Thousand Gifts talks about joy and thankfulness.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them …” (Luke 22:19)….
In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks….
Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy”….
Deep chara joy is found only at the table of the euCHARisteo—the table of thanksgiving.
Carry joy, but only carry it with thankfulness.
Be weird. Be “that person.” Be joyful.