Explore the Bible
June 7, 2014
1 John 1:1-4
“Living life to its fullest” is a phrase that many people live their lives by.
Sadly, the pursuit of living a full life is often all that some people can think about. Many are prone to seek and strive to do what makes them feel happy or fulfilled, while in reality they are enslaved to living for themselves.
John the Apostle spoke of living life to its fullest in the opening words of 1 John. The context of living life to its fullest was not that he was seeking a bigger house, a weekend getaway or any other temporal thing. What
John was seeking was to make sure that others knew about the Eternal One, in whom there is life.
As John presented the Truth to others, he experienced the fullness of joy (1 John 1:4).
Did John experience the absence of joy whenever he wasn’t telling others about Jesus? No, instead, his joy in Christ was experienced at its highest level when he was sharing about Jesus. This is the same fullness of joy that Jesus spoke of belonging to believers in John 15:11.
Believers can experience this same fullness of joy today in two distinct ways. First, our joy can be filled full whenever we see Jesus as being the Eternal One. In 1 John 1:1-3, John uses the idea of “seeing” Jesus not just to mean that he literally saw Jesus with his own two eyes, but that he recognized Jesus as being eternal.
Believers must recognize and celebrate that Jesus is truly the Eternal One.
Secondly, believers can experience the fullness of joy whenever we tell others about Jesus Christ. Whether reminding other believers, or sharing the gospel with someone who has never heard, we can join John in experiencing a joy that only comes from God.
The completion of joy is not attained by bigger salaries, better jobs or more stuff. It is experienced when one lives fully in Jesus Christ, the Eternal One.
Will you present the Truth to others and experience the fullness of joy?