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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



Jesus's words today are some of my favorite in scripture,"ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." (John 16:24) The Lord wishes to give us His joy, real joy. For a long time, I searched for happiness in this world. When I found the joy of living for and with Christ, I understood that not all prayers would be answered so that we may experience the pure joy Christ wishes to offer us.

The pleasure we get from the things of this world will never compare with what a life with Christ offers us. Take a look at Apollos from today's first reading,

He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately. Acts 18:25-26

We are all Apollos on our journey with the Lord. We may feel like we are not able to share our faith for a lack of complete knowledge. Although Apollos only knew some things about Jesus, it did not stop him from joyfully and boldly sharing the Gospel. When Priscilla and Aquila instruct Apollos, His heart is open to their words and growing in his faith. Joy from the Lord comes from knowing Him and allowing Him into your heart. Just like Apollos, when we begin to live fully for the Lord, He sends us exactly what we need to grow in our faith.

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