The Christian life is like any other discipline, to be the best you need to learn from the best. The best basketball players learn from the best coaches. The best writers sit under the best professors. In the same way if we want to be growing as a Christian we want to learn from those who are capable teachers. In the area of Christian joy one of the masters is C.S. Lewis.
Lewis certainly has some faulty theology, but the Lord also gave him deep insight into the area of joy, which has blessed millions of Christians this past century.
“Joy is the serious business of heaven!”
“I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
And of course
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
C.S. Lewis was serious about joy. As we spend a year working through all the various nuances of joy we ought to remember how privileged we are. We have men and women who have gone before us, masters of joy, who want to teach us. May we have ears to hear so that our joy may be full.