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Joy :: How to Keep It

Joy (n.)

1. the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires

2. a state of happiness or felicity : bliss

3. a source or cause of delight

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What makes you happy? What is the source of your delight?
Is it your family?
Your car?
Your significant other?
Your job?
Your money?
Food?
Painting?
Skydiving?
….?

All of the things above can definitely make you happy. They can’t, however, keep you happy.

Why? Because they come and go… and it is because of this reality that happiness is fleeting. No material possession, or mere human being, lasts forever. So as long as your source of happiness lies with people and things, your happiness will lack security…vulnerable to every seasonal change and circumstance.

Logically, then, if you wanted to secure your state of happiness, you’d have to adjust the source of that happiness. That source would have to be constant, ‘unchanging’, and permanent. It would actually have to exceed far beyond anything and anyone within human control… that is, if it were to be unchanging and, in essence, the perfect source.

Such a source exists. It is this Source, and no other, that can guarantee joy regardless of seasonal changes and circumstance. This is, of course, as long as this Source remains as such in your life.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a source that never changed or expired…but instead, remained the same ever since the first day you found it?

If you’re not sure where to find this Source, it’s okay. It’s not hard to find, though it can be hard to grasp at first.

Jesus.
He is that Source.

Okay…now before you walk away (or ‘click’ away), let me just explain a little about Jesus. I know you might have seen or heard His name from time to time… but hopefully, with a little bit of introduction, it will make more sense as to how He can be your perfect Source of joy.

Let’s begin with God.

God created the earth you live in. He also created the air you breath…along with every other essential element for life. Most importantly, God created you; and He did so with meticulous intention. In other words, your existence was not an accident – regardless of how you got here.

God is triune in nature. This can be confusing, but it means that He reveals Himself in three ways. These ways, if you will, are as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Barely fathomable, yes… but that’s God.

Now…where does Jesus fit within all of this?

Jesus is the Son of the Father. He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are God revealing Himself three different ways (not three different gods). Confused yet? If so, it’s okay. Hang in there.

God revealed Himself in human form as Jesus. While He walked the earth, Jesus’ main objective was to provide a way for mankind to escape from the ultimate consequences of its wicked imperfection (a little blunt…but it’s true). You see, these wicked imperfections, which the Bible refers to as sins, go against the guidance and direction of God. And, just like with any other set of guidelines, defection from them has consequences. In this case, the consequence of sin is the ultimate separation from God for eternity – which the Bible also outlines as ‘spiritual death’.

Spiritual death, ultimately, is a very real state of existence that extends beyond physical death. You have a soul; and this soul doesn’t have an expiration date like your physical body does. Your body gets old, deteriorates, and shuts down (physical death); but your soul remains and you will be very conscious of this when it’s your turn to [physically] die. Now…there is no ‘sugar coated’ way to explain the reality of being separated from God for eternity. To be separated from God for eternity means that, after you die, you will spend that eternity in a place that is commonly known as Hell. Hell is indeed hot, unstable, and extremely agonizing without relent. However, there is good news…

Jesus.

While He walked the earth, He lived a completely sinless life. Since He was God Himself, living a perfect life according to His own guidelines wasn’t farfetched. It was farfetched, however, for mankind to pull this off. Mankind, then, was always guilty of sin; and being hopelessly guilty of sin meant that mankind was perpetually in danger of the consequences. So…Jesus, although innocent, stepped in and accepted responsibility for all of mankind’s sins. He was God, and He was perfect. Therefore, His life was worth more than enough to pay the price for all of mankind’s sins – past, present, and future. He died, and took the penalty of spiritual death with Him.

Now…three days after He died, He rose again…in the flesh, alive and well. He did this to demonstrate His power over physical death, which reasserted the fact that He’s God. This was also essential because by dying and rising again, He provided the path for mankind to escape spiritual death altogether. Physically, mankind will still eventually die because it’s natural. However, because of Jesus’ saving actions, mankind doesn’t have to suffer ultimate spiritual death. The key, though, is whether or not an individual accepts who Jesus is and what He has done for him/her. If they do, then he/she is saved from the consequences of their sins. If they don’t, then he/she essentially decides to pay for their own sins.

This is who Jesus is…the Savior…and He is very much alive and well.

He is God.  …constant, unchanging, and permanent.
He is eternal. …no expiration date; no vulnerability to time, seasonal change, or circumstance.
He is supreme.  …all-powerful and all-knowing.

Security.

This is why Jesus is the perfect Source upon which to base your happiness.
Should you accept Him as your Savior, you will have inherited His security… knowing that you will not spend the rest of your physical life in debt to your sins, nor will you spend eternity suffering the consequences of your sins. You will instead have an eternal destiny with God in Heaven, and nothing could take that away from you…ever.

Isn’t that something to be happy about?

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About The Motley Sage

...just the motley fool with a college degree, a few books read and a little life to share. *quietly rolling by on a unicycle wearing a harlequin spandex suit while reading 'The Art of War'*

Discussion

One thought on “Joy :: How to Keep It

  1. I see you bruh. Joy, the real kind, only comes from above. The way to it is a real, and sustained relatopnship with Jesus. Good breakdown.

    Posted by Darrk Gable | September 26, 2012, 6:46 pm

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