DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY

What does it mean to be happy in Christ? The definition of happy is a feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of life, situation, etc. Happiness is a synonym for joy. Happiness is superficial and based on circumstances, while joy is deep and based on Jesus. Looking at these previous examples we can conclude that happiness is temporary while joy can everlasting especially with Christ. The biblical definition of blessedness, or happiness, is much different than of our culture. Modern beatitudes would sound something like this:

Blessed are beautiful, for they shall be admired.

Blessed are the wealthy, for they have it all.

Blessed are the popular, for they shall be loved.

Blessed are the famous, for they shall be followed on Twitter.

But the word of God states in Matthew 5:1-12… 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you…. In contrast, Jesus beatitudes are much different than what the world beatitudes previously gave. For example, let’s take the first worldly beatitude “Blessed are beautiful, for they shall be admired” Jesus doesn’t speak about the appearance of a person because it is vain and not lasting. Instead, Jesus would say “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”… what Jesus means is that instead of being full of yourself with how you look to other people you should be humble and submissive to God and you will inherit everything God has in store for you on earth. The next worldly beatitude “Blessed are the wealthy, for they have it all.” Jesus again doesn’t care about money or wealth because it is vain and people tend to worship money more than God. Instead, Jesus would say “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”… what Jesus means is that being wealthy won’t grant admission into the kingdom of heaven but because of Jesus love and grace for all of us you can come into the kingdom of heaven regardless of your economic position. Another great illustration of this is when your rich man asked Jesus what must he do to have eternal life, in Matthew 19:16-24… 16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[a]Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?[b] No one is good but One, that is, God.[c] But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’[d] and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”[e] 20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.[f] What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” in this passage of scripture this man seeking assurance of eternal life, Jesus pointed out that salvation does not come from good works unaccompanied by love for God. The man needed a whole new starting point. Instead of adding another commandment to keep or good deed to perform, the young man needed to submit humbly to the lordship of Christ. Jesus answers to what he finally had to do shock and disappointed this young rich man. Should all believers sell everything they own? No. We are responsible for caring for our needs and the needs of our family so as not to be a burden on others. We should, however, be willing to give up anything if God asks us to do so. This kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us and God and keeps us from using our God-wealth selfishly. If you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all his follows to sell all their possessions, then you may be too attached to what you have. We cannot love God with all our hearts and yet keep our money to ourselves. Loving him totally means using our money in ways that please God. Because it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it appears impossible for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God. Jesus explained, however, that with God all things are possible in Matthew 19:26… 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Even rich people can enter the kingdom if God brings them in. Faith in Christ, not in self or riches is what counts.

Still another worldly beatitude, “Blessed are the popular, for they shall be loved.” Jesus knew that how popular you are means nothing when you are talking about your own joy or happiness with god because you should put your faith in God not who you know. And finally, the last worldly beatitude, “Blessed are the famous, for they shall be followed on Twitter.” A lot of people you may know may brag about how important they are in the world, but to a Christian the only thing we should brag about is Christ. The point of all these worldly beatitudes is that are superficial because you can lose all of these beatitudes the very next day. Being happy in Christ is not about well you are doing in the world but how are using what you have to help others and your purpose in God kingdom on earth.

To be worry is to give way to anxiety or unease, to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. Well, Jesus also talked about this in his sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:25-34… 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Worry may damage your health, cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others, and reduce your ability to trust in God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Here, is the difference between worry and genuine concern – worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action. In this passage of scripture to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness’ means to turn to God first for help, to fill your thoughts with God’s desires, to take God’s character for your pattern, and to serve and obey God in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give God first place in every area of your life. So, planning for tomorrow is well spent, worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting God in guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worries, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. Worries let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today!!! For those you who don’t know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ becoming will be your biggest step toward true happiness. I submit a video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember, “God Loves You, and So Do I”

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Written by Kofi Baruti

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