Be Happy

Fellow Citizens and Saints
Fellow Citizens and Saints
 
“Now, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the houshold of God.” (Eph 2:19)

Becoming comfortable in our new citizenship is the defining reality of how happy, joyful or effective we are as people of God. Notice how the Apostle Paul uses several identifiable relationships to help us connect to his point. Being a stranger means, I’m completely outside of my comfort zone. Much like a foreign person might speak a different language, so a spiritual stranger would find it very difficult to understand or relate to happiness inside of the Kingdom Culture. So the answer is to become a citizen, a member of the “family culture” and come under its influence.

 The household of God is not just an embracing culture; but a Holy Spirit habitation, built on values that bridge all limitations and barriers. You learn the values of happiness and joy within the Kingdom Culture by experiencing the Holy Spirit’s activity in your heart and life (Rom 14:17). Those who belong are saints and members of a family, with a common Father. Jesus said it like this, “…don’t rejoice that the demons are subject to you, but that your names are written down in Heaven” (Lk 10:20). Be happy; find your greatest joy, in the fact that you are a member of the household of God and a blessed saint in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Learning to Be Happy

Happiness for our current American Culture seems to mean, no risk and no inconvenience. We like our TV remotes and our McDonalds, fast food culture. But we are paying a price. Those who settle for the easy way eventually find themselves with little excitement, limited adventure and becoming numb to the thrill of success. It dismantles our ability to process joy, when we have no contrasting stress or discomfort. The Bible says to rejoice when you face various trials of faith, because it produces things in your life (Jms 1:2-4). Laziness not only kills the joy level, but limits the production of those character traits that are found in the Father’s house.

What I want to propose to you, is that the most important reason to pray or serve God is for the joy of experiencing a Kingdom Culture, based upon the high value of bearing spiritual fruit. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him (Heb 12:1-2) and we are to set our eyes on Him. Excitement is the joy that comes in seeing the purposes of God arise out of inconvenient, sacrificial circumstances. Jesus said to pray so that your joy would be full, because you will receive answers from your Father and experience the family culture (Jn 16:24).

Jesus also said that the Father gets joyful pleasure from our fruitfulness (Jn 15:8). We know that the Father’s joy is the overshadowing atmosphere of the household. Seeing the outcome of the Holy Spirit at work in your life is what connects you to the family culture, His habitation in the Spirit (Eph 2:22). It gives us some history in the household with God and makes it the Blessed Place where happiness and joy abound.

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