“8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” -1 Peter 1:8-9
These verses are some of my favorite in Scripture. Why? When I was 17, I first began to seriously read the Bible. Where did I begin? 1 Peter. In a time when Jesus had become my rescue, I discovered that he was my joy. No longer would I pursue my selfish lifestyle, but rather in pursuing him, I would find the joy I had sought in so many other ways.
Fast forward 18 (yes, 18) years and I am still reading the Bible, being changed by it, and doing my best to live it out in my daily life. I would have never dreamed that finding my joy in Jesus would lead to where I am today. My life is more meaningful, and rewarding than I would have ever predicted when I first read these words as a searching teenager. Because of Christ, I can truly say I live with inexpressible and glorious joy. Why? My soul has been changed. I am no longer a person in search of purpose, but a person living with purose.
The difference is and always will be the joy of Christ living in me.
Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.