Fruit of the Spirit: Joy
In this sermon by Jago Wynne from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), Jago talks about the Fruit of the Spirit.
Jago begins by looking at the subject of joy. He expresses that most of the joy that we feel is dependant on the circumstances that we are surrounded by. For the majority of people, if the circumstances of life are good then they are joyful, but if circumstances are bad then they tend to be joyless. He highlights Galatians 4:15 in which the apostle Paul says to the Galatians: "What has happened to all your joy?"
Jago challenges the listener to have a different mindset towards joy and outlines that the bible teaches that we should know joy in all circumstances and that we should be people of joy. But how? Jago looks at four words beginning with the letter F that he feels might help us to answer this question.
1. Father - The Holy Spirit (which has been poured out on all believers) produces joy within us as we experience intimacy with God as our Father. We have been adopted as children in God's family (Galatians 4:6) . The more we know about being children of God the more joy we feel of being children of God.
2. Freedom - Jago looks at Gal 4:29. He outlines that the we are either like Isaac - born of the free woman, or we are like Ishmael - born of the slave woman; we either live like we were born as slaves or we live as people of the Spirit - people who are set-free, and freedom always brings joy.
3. Future - Jago encourages the listener to not become melancholic by looking simply at their current circumstances, but to, by the help of the Holy Spirit, lift their eyes up and look to the hope that the future brings. Jago continues this eschatological theme further and introduces the fourth F.
4. Foretaste - The Holy Spirit brings the blessing of the not yet to the now, through healing and through emotional wholeness. Above all, Jago says, the Holy Spirit brings a foretaste in terms of our holiness. He looks at Gal 5:16, a verse that encouragers us to be more like Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Jago continues to expound the second point of "Freedom". He says that we are most free and most joyful when we are living in-step and holding onto the will and requirements that the Holy Spirit desires.
Jago concludes by asking the listener "How can we be filled with deep and permanent joy?" He says the answer begins with us praying daily for more of the Holy Spirit in our lives.