For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17
Is there any joy in serving God? I mean real joy? Well, first of all, let’s define joy. The standard definition is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. The Greek word for joy is khar-ah’ and it means cheerfulness, that is, calm delight:—gladness, greatly and exceeding joyfulness.
Since there is not a great deal of difference in the definition to the untrained eye, let’s take a look at how we obtain joy with and without God. First, there are two words that catapult us into the joy of the Lord or the world’s definition of joy. One word is “yes” and the other is “no.” A complete, full “yes” to Jesus is the only way to enjoy this calm delight spoken of in the Greek definition. This “khar-ah” is a delight that goes deeply into the spirit and soul of the believer in Christ. This may explain why there are so many unhappy, joyless Christians coming in and going out of the services. They have never given Jesus a complete “yes” which in turn gives the enemy a complete and resounding “no.”
The joy in the world is surface and temporary. It has to be fueled by some outside stimulus or some level of entertainment. Whether it is as cultured as classical music and fine arts or as crude as intravenous street drugs, one fix is never enough. The joy of the Lord will give you a song in the night season. What does that mean? Well, I am glad you asked! When we have given Jesus a “complete yes,” there is a fulfilling reassurance that we have something greater than this world can offer. This joy has its own refreshing and refilling pump and it flows upward and outward, saturating the will, heart, mind and soul of the believer. You may not be able to sing, but you will sense a satisfaction bubbling up from deep inside. That’s the joy of the Lord.
When Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22, 23, he was literally writing about what is inside a Holy Ghost filled person. Let’s break it down this way. The (one) fruit of the Holy Ghost is (not are) love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: and there is no law against these things. When we are baptized in the Holy Ghost, we are fruit bearers of the greatest gift given to man, next to Jesus Christ. Our joy comes from within and it is a continual source of strength, peace, confidence, self-control, integrity and the list goes on and on.
Peace and joy to you, in the Holy Ghost!