On reasons to be joyful in Christ.
True happiness could not be found in money, possessions or power. Yet in order to find real joy in one’s life, we need to know why do we need joy. Why do we have to be really happy?
Every Monday evening, our group dug deep into the study of finding Christ. A certain book called “The Steps to Christ” by E.G. White has become our guide throughout our quest with discussion material provided by the Grow Group Ministry. The culmination night was one of the best nights because after all the discussions that took much of our evening, we find that the whole point of the matter is to find joy in life with Christ in the center of our lives. We found out why we need to have this happy disposition in life. Here are some reasons why we should be happy (all quotations came from the book “Steps to Christ”):
We represent a God and Savior of joy and gladness not some gloomy and despairing god. “If we do represent Christ, we shall make His service appear attractive, as it really is. Christians who gather up gloom and sadness to their souls, and murmur and complain are giving to others a false representation of God and the Christian life.” Thus, to be real diplomats of Christ, we need to show a positive and joyful disposition even though the environment and the situation seemed gloomy and full of problems.
The enemy tries to rob us of everything connected with God and he does so in the most subtle ways. He makes some of us guilty of our sins to the point that we avoid talking about God or things pertaining to God, when, in fact, it is what we should be doing when faced with sin. “Satan ever seeks to make the religious life one of gloom. He desires it to appear toilsome and difficult; and when the Christian presents in his own life this view of religion, he is, through his unbelief, seconding the falsehood of Satan.” With that in mind, we should steer clear of things that make us remember our past problems and press on toward the goal which is Jesus Christ.
Wallowing in your problems makes you feel more problematic. An adage tells us to count our blessings. It does have positive effects. Yet, the effect is also the opposite if we counted our problems. “It is not wise to gather together all the unpleasant recollections of a past life, –its iniquities and disappointments, –to talk over them and mourn over them until we are overwhelmed with discouragement. A discouraged soul is filled with darkness, shutting out the light of God from His own soul and casting a shadow upon the pathway of others.” Therefore, let us not reminisce about those hurtful things. We learned a valuable lesson from those experiences yet despair would instantly creep up our heads if we keep on replaying those scenes over and over in our minds.
Have you met a smiley guy or gal? It’s that person who keeps on smiling and seemed to have no problems in their lives. However if you took a sneak peak at their lives, you will find that their lives were also torn by heart aches and pain. They too experienced disappointments. Yet they continue smiling as proof that God has been good to them amidst their adversity. ‘When we seem to doubt God’s love and distrust His promises we dishonor Him ad grieve His Holy Spirit. How would a mother feel if her children were constantly complaining of her, just as though she did not mean well, when her whole life’s effort had been to forward their interests and to give them comfort?”’
These are just some of the reasons to have that joyful outlook in life. If we look at the Bible, we would be surprised at the numerous reasons that we could find. Each prophet, patriarch and character in the Bible testify to the fact that God is enough reason to be happy and be contented in life.