Am I happy? Do you see my joy? Or am I just a grumpy old man most days?
In Acts we learn that “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 (NASB) Note that it was not a sometime kind of thing. It was continual. They were always joyful and happy. It is just who they were, like Jesus.
Jesus didn’t call me to be a Christian. He called me to be a disciple. Jesus is my Master teacher.
I will smile even when I am hurting. I will be happy even when I am unhappy. It’s called strength! It is called the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus counted it a great joy even when He went to the cross for me.
Jesus didn’t promise me a rose garden. He did guarantee that if I follow Him, I would have a joy no one can understand. Submission leads to happiness. Obedience leads to delight.
I can smile if I am hurting. I have Jesus. I have His strength. I can be happy in Him. I have Jesus and I have his courage.
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How did Jesus expect us to react under persecution? Rejoice and be glad! That is right. Can we jump up and down for joy?
Now that is radically different. That isn’t what I thought Jesus would say.
We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor to sulk like a child, nor to lick our wounds in self-pity like a dog, nor just to grin and bear it like a Stoic, still less to pretend we enjoy it like a masochist.
“Happy (aka Blessed) are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” | Matthew 5:11-12
In listening to Jesus, much of what He is saying goes against the grain of what I have thought brings happiness. It is the Jesus Manifesto.
Jesus is radical and demands that we live in a radical way. Jesus wants us to change our minds and act differently (aka repent). Jesus will accept nothing less.
God has a goal for us. Jesus takes care to summarize what some of God’s principles are.