Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Ode to Joy.
LOL I couldn't resist. :)
I'm a Pentecostal. Yes. One of those. Don't hold it against me. We aren't all like that. LOL
Pentecostals are not called “Happy Clappers” for no reason. Someone called me this once and at first I was offended because I saw it as an insult. But thinking about it, it’s actually not offensive. It’s a compliment – even though it was intended otherwise. The world views us as false and illogical. Now that isn't reserved for Pentecostals only. The world sometimes views Christians as false and illogical. Why? Because they don’t understand the happiness and joy we have. And most people if they don’t understand it, they either criticise and mock it, or they investigate further. When computers first came out, whose parents or grandparents said “They are of the devil??” Mine did! They didn’t understand the technology, so they rejected it, claiming it to be of the devil.
The World does not understand the joy that Jesus brings to our lives. They see us as insanely happy! I don’t think that is such a bad thing is it? Who would be interested in Jesus if we walked around utterly miserable?
Everyone on this planet wants happiness. It’s something to be desired and yearned after. And most people go on a journey in search of this happiness – and so many people come back empty handed. They come to the conclusion that happiness is an illusion and it falls under the same category as four-leaf clovers and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – the elusive, the unattainable. You can’t be truly happy.
I’m so glad I serve a happy God, a joyful God. You know it’s ok to have fun being a Christian? You don’t have to walk around with a solemn look on your face and be serious. Christian’s are supposed to have fun, because we serve such a happy and joyful God! Staring at me with a scowl on your face does not show me God living through you, but a bit smile on your dial does! Don’t ever let someone criticize you for having fun at church.
When God shows through our lives, the world will see not only a happy person, but they’ll see something deeper… True happiness is not surface stuff, it’s not big cheesy grins, happy conversations, cheery “Hello! How are you?” HAHAHA! – it’s deep inner stuff. Now happiness is not something you can act with either – not for long periods of time. If you pretend to be happy – sooner or later, that facade will fall away and what is real will be on display. And what can be seen once that façade falls?
Are you truly happy? Are you one of these people that spend your life thinking "I could be happy if..." - if that is the case, you are looking for happiness in the wrong place and associating it with the wrong things.
Rejoice in the Lord. The Joy of the Lord is my strength. A merry heart does good like a medicine. The fruit of the Spirit is JOY.
Father thankyou that you are not a boring old stuck in the mud. Thankyou that you want your children to be happy. Help us remember that you are the source of real joy. We cannot find it anywhere except in you.
In Jesus name, Amen.