What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Christian? Is it devotion, prayer, discipline, serving or Bible study? Well all of those things are indeed important in the Christian life but there is something else that a lot of Christians need to realize and equate first with Christianity? What is that you say? Well, it is true happiness and freedom! Now that may sound like common sense but is it really? When we see Christians shouldn't they be the happiest people on earth? After all God has forgiven them of their sins and they are now made new born-again creations, how amazing is that?
But to be honest it seems that Christians need to get a clearer understanding of the fact that God actually desires for them to be truly happy and free in the here and now! He loves to see his children joyful and free everyday! This doesn't mean that we should always be bubbly, giggly or superficial; instead it simply means that we should genuinely love ourselves and realize that we have been set free from the law of sin and death and brought into the kingdom of light! This creates more than a fleeting, temporary mood; instead it starts to develop a state of being that grows stronger and stronger with each passing day. You see when a person starts to sincerely contemplate what Jesus has done for them on the cross everything in life seems fresher, brighter and newer. Suddenly the problems that seemed overwhelming before are not quite so significant in nature when compared to eternal life and God’s spirit living within them.
Yes we still have to deal with problems and difficult situations in life but now we have a personal relationship and bonding with God. His word (the Bible) is like a lamp to our feet. It leads us through the difficult times in life and helps us to grow in patience and love. When you wake up in the morning think about how much God loves you and longs to lead you day by day. This will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.
This article may not seem to be anything new but the idea in it is powerful if you put it into practice. The Bible says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). Knowing the truth of being accepted into the beloved is something that changes lives not just for a minute or two but a lifetime. Let us wake up to righteousness friends. God bless you all!
By Gordon E. Dawe