Each day, I’m on a mission to keep myself happy. I eat what I want to eat, I do what I want to do, and I think what I want to think. My faith is with Jesus and I experience blessings on a daily basis. Is that the meaning of life, though? Really? Am I doing what I’ve been called to do?
This very interesting and thought-provoking book, “Happiness According to Jesus” by Bobby Schuller, has touched on many of life’s ups and downs, and many things in between. Eighteen chapters of relating scripture to our daily encounters and suggestions on what makes Jesus happy.
At church this morning, our pastor reviewed a verse that mentions Jesus rejoicing:
“At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” ~Luke 10:21 NIV
In other words, the disciples got it, they understood what Jesus wanted them to do and therefore, “Jesus wanted his students to be like him, act like him, walk like him, and talk like him.” (Happiness, p.2).
We go through many emotions, which varies according to our circumstances. I think it’s important to spend more time in scripture, grow closer to God through meditation and prayer with Him. Many of us are lonely in a swarm of people. That loneliness will disappear once we realize Jesus is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. He wants to be closer to you than anyone else you’re physically next to.
“When the body cries out for intimacy and we give it food, busyness, shopping, or media, these good things become perverse and harmful.” (Happiness, p.55) Without that intimacy with God, we tend to seek that closeness that takes us further from God instead of closer. Sometimes this intimacy replacement becomes an idol for us and that becomes a bondage that can be tough to break from.
Later, on p. 171, the book continues saying, “If you spend your time looking for only material things, that light will be darkness. But if you spend your life looking for spiritual things and the kingdom of God, your whole body and your whole life will be illuminated with God’s goodness.”
The basics of this book all ties together beautifully. I recommend it to anyone who desires to please God or are seeking a closeness with God. The examples and suggestions provided are very humbling.
Do you have what it takes to understand “Happiness According to Jesus”?