The Joy Set Before You


This was the joy set before You.

That You would have my heart, forever.

(Lyrics from Awaken Love by Matt Gilman)

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

I wanted to ponder and sit on these two lines above as well as on the verse, Hebrews 12:2. Although these two excerpts consisted of a few words, it meant the world to me this week. When I close my eyes, I can imagine Jesus’ life on Earth and every kind of emotion He must have felt. Every time it must have been excruciatingly painful, where there were no words, I imagine Jesus fighting for the inheritance that He would obtain during His time on earth— our hearts. There is nothing greater to Him than His love for humanity. There is no secondary object or ulterior, hidden motive that He has. He demonstrates the highest joy that we will ever grasp.

Here is a little piece of declaration I wrote. I hope it may help you gain a fresh perspective of eternity, and most importantly, Jesus, our utmost reward:

Every time I am confronted with a circumstance I cannot leap over,

Let me be reminded of Him finding joy in receiving my heart.

When I am disappointed in people, goals, and dreams I had hoped for,

Let me shift my gaze on the One who dreamed and desired for me to be with Him.

In moments where I recognize that I don’t have enough and am not enough,

Let me follow the example Jesus led trusting the Father with every fiber of His being.

Every time I feel alone,

Let me let Him tell me who I am.

When the walls of angst and fear close in on me,

Let me sit in the presence of He who delights in my very existence.

In moments where words of others’ scar,

Let me be washed, covered, and renewed in the blood of the Lamb.

Every time I give into despair,

Let me realize that I was the very joy that was set before Him.

He does not leave us unequipped to fight through things in our lives. He pours out His Spirit, who is willing to dwell within us. He cares enough to deal with the nitty-gritty layers that need healing and redemption. He understands the capacity of our humanness as well as our fallenness. He gives us time to trust Him and is patient with us when we doubt. With every problem, He will see us through, the author and perfecter of our faith. This faith is not so that we simply become robots who obey Him, but to become people who pursue Jesus because He is that good. Just as we were the joy set before Him, let us make Him the joy set before us until the day we see Him, face-to-face.

Erin Son (@eringeorgias) graduated from Biola University and majored in Liberal Arts and a minor in Bible. She also serves on the worship leadership team at Newsong Church in Santa Ana, California. She loves both local and global adventures, making creative projects, and all things ice cream. She comes alive when having rich conversations with family, friends, and particularly strangers. She has a deep love for humanity and for human flourishing. She is passionate about cultivating a culture of authenticity and vulnerability in a fast-paced generation.

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