“So will you also pass through a time of intense sorrow when I am taken from you, but you will see me again! And then your hearts will burst with joy, with no one being able to take it from you! For here is eternal truth: When that time comes you won’t need to ask me for anything, but instead you will go directly to the Father and ask him for anything you desire and he will give it to you, because of your relationship with me. Until now you’ve not been bold enough to ask the Father for a single thing in my name, but now you can ask, and keep on asking him! And you can be sure that you’ll receive what you ask for, and your joy will have no limits!” John 16:22-24 TPT
I’m pretty sure that Jesus’ followers thought He had lost His ever-loving mind when He tried to explain what was just ahead for them. Things didn’t turn out as they had anticipated. They thought Jesus was going to ride into Jerusalem on a white horse and take the kingdom back. But Jesus knew the plan of God was to take away the sin of the world so that man could once again walk and talk with God as before.
To restore man to his rightful place of authority, to have unhindered relationship with the Creator. To be who we were created to be. Direct access to the throne room at anytime. No go-between. No high priest offering blood sacrifice every year. Unspeakable joy that nobody could take away.
“First a seed must fall into the ground and die before it can yield fruit.” Jesus was the seed who died, but rose again and is bearing much fruit. His fruit is still bearing fruit. You and I are a part of that great tree of life that keeps generating more fruit.
What joy to know that because of my relationship with Jesus, I can ask my Father for anything and He will do it. New knees? No problem! Expansive bank account to fund the vision? No problem! Everything I ask for is available, all I have to do is ask and keep on asking. I’ll receive and my joy will know no limits. Now that’s a whole lot of joy!
It’s all about relationship! My children have relationship with me and they know that if they need something, they only have to ask. If I have it, I’ll gladly share what I have. I have relationship with God because I believe that Jesus was the only sacrifice needed to redeem me and put me in right standing with my Father.
We talk all the time cause that’s just the kind of daughter I am. He gets me! He made me so I’m pretty sure that was a part of the plan. I know that I can ask for things I need and things I want and Father will gladly share with me. I constantly lavish my love on Him, not for what He can do for me, but because of what He’s done for me.
I truly hope you too have experienced this limitless joy that constantly bubbles up from inside of me. Even when things look bad, I know that good things are close behind. It’s His way to always bring dead things to life and causing them to feed many.