A Joyful Investment


Unshakeable Happiness

Key Bible Verse: I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10, NIV)

Dig Deeper:

Though we are realistic about this world, we are called to celebrate and walk in joy. Something about happiness is profoundly world-overcoming. Something about happiness in Christ is victorious for his kingdom. It pokes the Devil in the eye. It destroys strongholds of darkness, releases prisoners, and lets the poor hear good news. Something about happiness strikes a blow. I like that. “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, RSV).

Yes, to walk with Christ is better than to walk without him. Go ahead and say it. Actually it’s part of the gospel message. It isn’t as though Jesus has kept this happiness hidden. It is part of almost every story he told! “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full,” Jesus said to his disciples in John 15:11 (ESV). Not only that “my joy” might be instilled in you, but that “your joy” might be full. Those are different joys. God’s joy and our joy. Parable after parable reveals Jesus’ investment in joy.

God is invested in our joy. An honest response to that—an intellectually and spiritually honest response — is to be happy. Maybe we should take that seriously.

– Tim McConnell in Happy Church

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