3 Simple Reasons to be Joyful
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” ― John Piper
After our dinner, I asked my wife (in a kidding manner), Eunice, why can’t she try to look for another high paying job rather than to stay with her current one. I was surprised when she answered me, “I enjoy my wok”!. After hearing that, I went to our Comfort Room and realized something, It’s the joy that motivates her, and it cannot be bought by any amount of money. I asked myself, Am I like her? Am I motivated by Joy? We, as Christians do we really enjoy God and does it motivate us with our walk toward Him?
Happy in Him
How can you be happy in this life? Well, the beginning of that pursuit is found, not in things or in a place, but in a Person and that is Jesus Christ. When we trust in Christ, we can finally rest in the sovereignty of God and that should make us happy because we know that everything that happens, good and bad, will work out for our very best (Rom 8:28). The happiness of the world is fleeting; it comes and goes. That’s because the joy of this world, this happiness is based upon “happenings” and when what happens is not good, they lose their happiness but when the believer runs into trouble, they can rest in Christ, knowing that this world today can’t compare with what’s coming (Rom 8:18).
We can be happy and joyful in Christ. This isn’t a temporary joy that depends on circumstances but the joy we have is given to us by Christ Himself. Listen to what He told the disciples, who were very sorrowful at the time because Jesus was about to leave them and go to the Cross. Jesus said “you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20) and even though “you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:24). Get that? No one can “take your joy from you.”
The Business of Heaven
I am not trying to bring down the gospel of Jesus Christ as being like a business, just like some of the prosperity preachers do which I hate, but what heaven is in the business of doing, we should be in the business doing. Part of that includes obeying the Great Commission by making disciples of all the people we know or meet, and teaching them the very same things that Jesus taught His disciples (Mat t28:19-20). When He began His earthly ministry, Jesus’ very first words were “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). If you believe in Jesus, you have faith in Jesus. Why does this relate to being happy? Let me tell you that one of the greatest joys on earth is to bring people to saving faith in Christ. Of course, God alone saves, but He does use us as a means to save souls and there’s no greater joy that I’ve found in my Christian walk than to direct someone into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We should be in the business of bringing as many people to heaven as our God may call.
There no greater joy after we’re born again than to participate in the birthing process of other people. God is the source of their new birth (John 3:4-8) but we can be “midwives” and be witnesses to it. There isn’t just joy in us but in heaven too when even one sinner repents (Luke 15:7). We all should be happy, just thinking about Jesus coming; we should all have joy because Jesus said no one can take if from us; and we should be in the fields, laboring for the Lord of the Harvest. That is about as happy as any one Christian can get.