Unlimited: The Pursuit of Happiness
Sep 2, 2019 1785
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:3-10).
Every person has at some point pursued happiness without truly finding it.
The Bible says that when Jesus saw the crowds, he became sad. This is why he started his sermon with the Beatitudes.
The “Beatitudes” is found in Matthew chapter five and is one of the best-known parts of the famous Sermon on the Mount. A “beatitude” means a “supreme blessing,” so if you follow the beatitudes, you will be supremely blessed.
When Jesus says, “Blessed are the…” in the original language it means “Happy are the…” To be totally happy is the same as being supremely blessed.
We have been taught that what makes us happy is what we have, but what Jesus tells us is that what makes us happy is who we are. If our spirits are humble before God, if the desire of our hearts is the goodness of God, if we are merciful, and if we are peacemakers, then we will be happy.
Even better, this is a happiness that can withstand the trials that life can bring. If your happiness depends on what you have, all of that that can be taken away, because money and health can be lost. But when your happiness depends on who you are in Jesus, no one can take that away.
These qualities are all the gift of God through the Holy Spirit to those who have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22–24).
Too many people struggle all their lives to be happy, but they never find happiness, because they look for it in the wrong places. Happiness grows from who you are, and not from what you have.
You are a child of God and this is the foundation for your true happiness.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Are you happy? Where do you tend to seek happiness? Who are you in Christ? How does this affect your joy?