It’s pretty easy for us to imagine some super hero winning battles by using their super hero powers, but can we actually imagine beating our own opponents with superhuman or supernatural joy?
Well, this is what the apostles do in Acts 5:34-42. Members of the Sanhedrin were becoming quite frustrated with how unstoppable the apostles seemed to be. So, they had them thrown in jail, but an angel released them, and then they went right back into the streets and in the Temple and began preaching again. When they were brought back again in front of the council, the elders were wringing their hands: how do you stop a group of people who seem to be genuinely happy, no matter what you do to them? Not even flogging them seemed to be able to break their spirits!
This is because they were filled with super human or supernatural joy that couldn’t be taken away from them no matter what happened to them! The apostles rejoiced that they could suffer in imitation of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then they continued preaching, even in the Temple. Again!
So, where did this incredible joy come from? And even more to the point, how can each of us get some of what the apostles had? Well, here are three steps in which we too can experience supernatural joy!
- First off, we need to try our best to be as courageous as the apostles were, and granted they needed a lot of courage for what they were facing. It is doubtful that any of us come even close to facing what they faced. However, we still need courage to face what we do face. The more courageous we become we will find the Holy Spirit giving us a new found energy and excitement. That’s the beginning of JOY.
- Second thing is to keep our mission in the forefront of our minds. Even when we’re washing dishes at home or we are creating a boring spreadsheet at work, always try and remember that we are here to witness to Jesus in all that we do. The more we keep this kind of perspective, the more we’ll rise above minor distractions and road bumps along the way.
- And finally, never let hardships get in our way and pull us down. Keep moving forward, remembering that Jesus is in us, no matter what happens. Even if fulfilling our mission causes us some suffering or difficulties, He is still there to give us all that we need to put one foot ahead of the other.
Supernatural joy might seem somewhat unattainable, but we need to remember the apostles’ story. We can be just as joyful if we work toward the goal. We need to flex our “joy muscles” a little more each day so that we can grow stronger and stronger. Before we realize it, we will be smiling even in the midst of the greatest challenges in our lives!
Jesus Over You
Lord, help me find the path to joy. Help me stay focused on You so that I can learn to rejoice in all things!