Increasing Our Joy As We Become Saturated With Scripture

In John 15, Jesus tells us how we become people filled with his joy as we abide in him and live by his words. We become people who flourish in Spirit-given fruit as we learn to love God and obey his Word, trusting that Jesus alone can give us the life-giving nourishment we need for total joy. As we shared with the Missio family in January, one of the ways we are intentionally seeking to pursue joy in Christ is to inhabit the Story of God throughout the calendar year. We want you to hear God’s voice through his Story—the Bible—as we encounter the everyday. We want to see ourselves as participants in the life of Jesus so that we can be transformed, renewed and sent out into the world to tell the good news of life in Christ.

Listen to what David has to say about God’s word:

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

-Psalm 19:7-11

Have you thought of God’s word this way? More to be desired than gold? Rejoicing your heart? Teaching you what’s right and how to walk in God’s ways?

What a thought! Could it be true that if we commit to reading and memorizing God’s word this year that we, too, could experience the joy that the Psalmist had?

I totally believe it! God’s word will bring joy, strength, conviction and growth as the Spirit empowers us to understand the truth of God, and as we commit as Learners to love Jesus more in and through His word.

Several of us in the Missio family have committed to reading through the Bible together this year. There’s a great Bible reading plan, in addition to the Revised Common Lectionary, the cycle of Scripture readings prescribed for public worship and used by many traditions. We’ve created a group on the City to help encourage one another in this journey. It’s never too late to join and dig in with us.

I also wanted to share with you a rhythm I’ve begun to help saturate my heart with God’s word. At the beginning of each week, I write down the four Lectionary readings scheduled in the calendar week and write down a word or phrase from each passage. I’m continuing to dwell on these passages, meditating on them and asking the Spirit to fill me with the fullness of God’s word. It’s amazing how these phrases stick with me throughout the week.

What rhythms help saturate you with God’s word?