While our human limitations prevent us from knowing Christ’s joy fully, it is “fulfilled” in us as the Spirit fills us with understanding of the purpose of Christ – to build His church. Our joy will never be “full” unless we pursue the same purpose for which Christ came. On the other hand, the more we fill our lives with this purpose as our pursuit, the more our lives will be filled with the joy of Christ.
In the most difficult circumstances and persistent opposition, Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10). If you are feeling spiritually weak, it is highly possible that your purposes in life are not in alignment with God’s. Ask the Holy Spirit to clear your vision to see “what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19).