Friday, January 26, 2018

Capturing Our Happiness

Capturing Our Happiness
The Christian life is meant to be filled with brilliant passion, an overwhelming love of Christ and exceeding great joy. We find these pleasures articulated throughout Scripture and fortunately we do not have to rely on secondhand information to claim them. So much of our life is spent thinking about how we feel or about how someone else thinks or feels. The famous, scholarly or wealthy people without Christ are not to be our role model for happiness or godliness (II Peter 1:3). The exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ written in the pages of Scripture is our ultimate example.

Where does our happiness come from? How can we know that we are truly happy? A person can’t even begin to say that they have discovered true happiness if they are ignorant of the Word of God. One dictionaries' definition of happiness reads: Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. As we search through Scripture we find what makes us joyful and gives to us the unrelenting experience of genuine contentment. The Apostle Paul wrote of his exceeding joy in sharing the gospel with those that he came in contact with. He had great joy because of those that prayed for him and brought him immense comfort (Philippians 1:3-11). His encouragement to them was these words, “Rejoice in the Lord always . . .” (Philippians 4:4).  James 1:2 states, “Count it all joy when you (fall into divers temptations) meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces (patience) or steadfastness.” Absolute, notable joy is in knowing Christ, loving the people called by His name and sharing His Gospel.

The pleasures of this world are often fleeting, but true joy is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and comes as a result of living by faith in Christ. Capturing happiness is founded on the Gospel of Christ, His death, burial and resurrection our foundation, the strength of our joy, and the hope of our salvation.

Lord, my joy, and happiness is in knowing You.

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