9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. – John 15:9-11, NIV
My youngest son is a booger, and he knows it. You have to understand that he is two and very good at it. Especially since he is the youngest of four kids, so he has everyone wrapped around his little finger. If you were to ask him for a kiss he will put his cheek out there for you to give him a kiss but he will not reciprocate it. A one way street of affection. I am sure that each of us have relationships like my son. One that is all of us giving while the other party is take, take, take.
God wants our joy to be more than a one way street. The love that is given to us God wants shown back. This verse comes in the middle of a chapter where Jesus is talking about “abiding” with one another. I love the word abide. It means to dwell, interweave, and join together. We are asked to abide with God and God will abide with us. Such is the same with joy. God’s joy intemixed with our joy makes a joy that is complete. It comes from both ends of the spectrum.
As we continue in this time of Advent we celebrate the joy that is Jesus coming into this world. Remembering that this joy needs to be reciprocated to God. Is God’s love and joy in you one way?