During Jesus’s time with the disciples he taught them about the importance of staying connected to him. Jesus spoke
about being the true vine and his disciples being the branches that would bear good fruit. Jesus urged them to keep his commandments and to abide in his love. Jesus shared these things because he wanted them to be full of Joy. (John 15:1-11)
We all live for the pursuit of joy and happiness. We often imagine that if we acquire enough money and success that we will have joy. There is a certain feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from achieving our goals. These accomplishments provide temporary periods of happiness. Our pursuit should also include those things that provide deeper meaning and significance. A recognition that we are living for a purpose much greater than ourselves and a God from whom we draw strength.
It is a relationship with God and being in right standing with Him that provides total peace. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (Psalm 28:7)
Trusting in God brings lasting peace and joy. Knowing that we can carry all our worries and cares to him because he cares for us and loves us with an everlasting love. Jesus prays that our joy may be full.