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Happiness Is...

Description

Jesus' description of us, as "happy" only makes sense when we are living by the values and joys of God's Kingdom--which is "not of this world."

Pray:

I have so many thoughts, Lord. Help me to quiet them all and listen for Your voice alone.

Read:

Matthew 5:1-12

Reflect:

Does your value system reflect the one expressed here?

The word blessed ("happy") wins our attention, because we all hope for happiness in this life. Google "secret of happiness" and you will be offered nearly 100 million entries! But this happiness is not what we might expect.

While many people imagine that happiness comes from fame and fortune, Jesus lists the qualities of the world's losers. He teaches his followers that they will appear to lack self-esteem and to be sad and weak (3-5). In a world where egotism and self-promotion are admired, those who live like Jesus will be regarded as a push-over, lacking in ambition, and far too quick to apologize (6-9). His followers will even be frustrated with themselves, because they long to live a godly life, but find it almost impossible to do so (10).

Jesus' description of us, his followers, as "happy" only makes sense when we are living by the values and joys of God's Kingdom--which is "not of this world" (John 18:36). Jesus assures us we are absolutely on the right track when we find ourselves sharing his self-emptying humility (Phil. 2:5-8) and his sufferings (John 15:20).

Apply:

Journal your answer to these questions: In what ways do I see these qualities in myself? Where am I avoiding them?

Pray:

Lord, help me to gain Your perspective and to live in light of eternal realities. Forgive me for holding on to this world.

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