Word 4U Today

We want to be happy. But God wants us holy.

We want to be happy. But God wants us holy.

 

‘You’ve been given…the privilege of suffering for Him’ Philippians 1:29 NLT

 

It may not be the kind of message that will see your non-church friends running into a Sunday service, but Jesus never hid uncomfortable truth.

‘Taking up your cross’ wasn’t just poetic language. It meant something very visible for the people of the early church, and they knew it wasn’t nice.

It was this kind of preaching that made the disciples question Jesus’ choice of message, but He didn’t shy away from it.

The Bible seems to ask the impossible when it tells us to think of times of suffering as opportunities for punching the air in joy and screaming “Yeah!” It seems to have a different outcome in mind for the rest of us: ‘When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow…When your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.’ (James 1:3 NLT)

We want to be happy. But God wants us to see things from His point of view, leading to holiness. Then, our happiness isn’t based on shakeable things.

As Dr Robert Pickles said in another issue of W4U2Day:

Joy depends on Jesus, happiness depends on happenings’.

Paul said that he’d ‘learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.’ The secret? He saw things from God’s point of view, not his own. He had God’s perspective, right priorities and knew the best source of Power.

What now?

How’re you doing today? No really, how’re you doing? Take a look at whether you’re chasing ‘happiness’ or ‘joy’. Read Philippians 2:5-11 over a few times to yourself, and then see what you have to say to Jesus.

Joy Ferdiz

October 2nd, 2013

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