“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11).

The One, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2), offers forth the key to unlocking the joy he has known in his life and ministry, even a life and ministry that entailed a cross. A joy that transcends even the most challenging circumstances is to be realized in a life of obedient service to the honor and glory of the Father. The joyful sense of enrichment, purpose, and completeness we all desire cannot be had apart from a life that labors to please God.

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