John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Human beings without Christ are really like zombies, walking dead people with no source of life or joy. Expressionless faces wandering through life trying to pretend they are something that they aren’t or have something they don’t have. Life itself comes into our emptiness when we meet Jesus Christ. In today’s verse Jesus speaks about an overflowing joy that comes from Him when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. In this whole passage He has been teaching about the Spirit and compares the life of the Spirit to the life of a grape vine. Life flows from the branches into the vine and produces fruit. Jesus describes this as overflowing joy. He is actually making the most radical of all promises, stay filled with Him and you will experience a continual flow of overflowing joy. Here is how A.B. Simpson describes it.
“The filling of the Holy Ghost will bring us joy and fullness of joy. “These things have I spoken unto you,”the Master said after He had given us the promise of the Spirit, “that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” And so the apostle prays that “the God of hope may fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. The fullness of the Spirit must crowd out pain, doubt, fear and sorrow, and bring the joy of Christ to fill our being. What is it that makes the melody in an organ? It is not the touch of skillful fingers only on the keys, but it is the filling of the pipes by the movement of the pedals. I may try in vain to play the most skillful tune, unless the organ is filled; and so our songs of praise are dead and cold until the breath of God fills all the channels of our being. Then comes the heart-song of praise and the overflowing fountain of gladness.”
Many have dabbled with Christianity and not experienced the fullness Jesus is promising. Dabbling is not enough; abiding in Him and drinking of Him is the way to fullness of joy. So ask yourself this question today, am I a dabbler or a drinker.