The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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“Brethren, your calling is very holy. Your work is very difficult. Your savior is very mighty, and the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Dr. J.H. Jowett

I love these words.

A holy calling is a strong urge toward a way of life that is consecrated to God, devoted to the service of God. It’s a strong urge to know more of God, to commune with Him and His truth, to be dedicated to an ever deepening relationship with our Creator.

I’ve felt this calling for as long as I can remember. It’s been fueled by the anguish I feel surrounding injustice in the world, and grief about all the moments each of us have spent (and still spend) as lost sheep, misapprehending who we truly are and what we truly are part of. I feel it in the form of visions… visions of us standing up and speaking, acting, and advocating for change, for healing, for growth.

I feel it in the hunger to participate in the revolution manifested by Jesus Christ.

This revolution is difficult work. First, an interior change is required; an opening, a humbling, a sacrifice, a rebirth. It requires a type of emergence that can only happen out of the release of self. Paradox becomes a new reality and there is constant tension as the ego cycles between inflation and deconstruction. It’s not an easy process.

Humility is a muscle that requires strengthening if one wishes to open the door to Christ. True humility is gained through looking at our selves, our actions and our motives under the lens of uncompromising honesty. The process is uncomfortable to say the least. Real honesty most often brings to light our own deep need of forgiveness and/or the false nature of the assumptions we’ve based our lives upon.

Revolution requires immense dedication. It happens only through leaving the comfort of complacency to seek the refinement necessary to come into step with our Creator. In the ever constant march of spiritual evolution, revolutionaries rarely rest.

“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” – Matthew 8:20

Jesus came to teach us that we are a part of something great and reconcile us with God. He called upon us to evolve, to live higher. He showed us the only path that matters and the destination we are all trying to reach. How mighty He is to have born the yoke of sin and suffering for all mankind in order to cement within us this knowledge and opportunity.

In the life and actions of Jesus Christ we find that Love is all there is. Through His death and resurrection we learn that nothing is insurmountable, there is nothing that cannot be taken and made to serve the cause of Love. The darkness turns to Light in the mighty hands of Jesus Christ and it is standing in the Light of this truth that we find and are reconciled with God.

This is Joy of the Lord! I can look into all suffering and all sin and know that Love already won. Knowing this, what else is there? This is my purpose, my quest, and my strength. This is what I commit to call into my heart, my family, my community and upon this Earth. My life is for this; to bring the comfort and good news to the world that Jesus Christ delivered to us so graciously.

The Joy of the Lord is my strength!

 

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