I have heard many people over the years say, “I just want to be happy.”
1 Peter 3:8-18 contains a simple formula for loving life and seeing good days. How do we explain people who are on the way to Heaven, yet living an unhappy life? Part of the light we are to let shine in our lives the is the Joy of God in the journey. When lost people see us down and out all the time; living under burdens and with a sad countenance, they are not likely to have a good impression of the Christian life. I think it is a grave mistake for parents to give the impression to their children that in order to be right with God, they must always be serious and somber. Back in the text, V10 states, “For he that will love life…” Love always has a corresponding action. Understand, we are to “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 Jn.2:15, but loving life is different from loving the world! May I suggest that the reason some children grow to love the world and the things in the world is because their parents make the Christian life a drudgery and a burden to live! Psalm 122:1 states, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the House of the LORD.” Church attendance should be presented as a blessing, not a burden. We can preach from Heb. 10:25 about Church attendance and not forsaking the assembling, however to our children, it is best to let them know we have the privilege of living the Christian life and serving God because He is worthy of our service and worship. 1 John 5:3 states, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”
The only people who do not like the do’s and don’ts are those who do not want to do or not do the do’s and don’ts. The word “grievous” means burdensome. Living the Christian life is not a burden, it is a blessing. I give here three simple thoughts on what it takes to have a happy life:
- A genuine salvation experience through repentance and Faith in the death of Jesus Christ for sin. Psalm 1:1-3
- A genuine surrender to walk in the will of God. Jer. 6:16
- A Gaze toward Heaven, “setting your affection on things above…” col. 3:1-4
If you are saved, surrendered and settled in your future, you can be happy in the journey.