Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Craving Happiness

Do you crave to be happy or holy?  Most people crave to be happy.  Our constitution even states we have the right to pursue happiness.  So we go about our lives trying to be happy.  We work to get things and go places.  We watch love stories and read romance novels dreaming of our Prince Charming. 

If you have no morals behind your happiness, you will sleep with whoever you want, eat as much as you want, drink as much as you want, take as many drugs as you want, try and get everything you can for free, and do just about anything in your quest for happiness.

None of those things will bring true happiness.  Maybe for a moment or two but no more than that.  However, if you seek holiness, you just might find happiness. 

As you seek God, He fills you with Himself. 

As you seek to love others, they start loving you back. 

As you seek to please your husband, tadaa!...he might just start wanting to please you. 

As you seek to work hard and be generous, you will reap rewards like gaining a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction from a job well done, and people being generous back to you.

Now some may argue we should never do anything expecting anything in return.  I don't agree with that.  The Bible speaks often about rewards and reaping what we sow.  God also tells us about disciplining us to make us more like Him and destroying evil.  We must live our lives in reverant fear of God and doing things His way.  He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him and I have found His rewards to be very good indeed.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the
passions of your former ignorance,
but as he who called you is holy,
you also be holy in all your conduct,
since it is written,
“You shall be holy, for I am holy."
I Peter 1:14-16