Here is a little reflection on happiness:
Complete happiness, that is, happiness that is without blemish, void of all sin, full of inexhaustible truth, righteousness and justice is unattainable within our current state. However, complete happiness will be rewarded to us based upon our obedience to the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). We will receive our rewards through justification, which is obtained by faith in Christ, beginning with his second coming. Then, with the arrival of the New Heaven and the New Earth, we who make up the body of Christ, will receive our just rewards from our faithfulness in Christ. Complete happiness will be one of those rewards (Revelation 21:4). However, in this life, happiness, due to the Fall, is full of blemish and is cohabited with sin. The fact that God still rains down, on all of us, His common grace, is a testament of His love and His presence in all aspects of our lives. Our acknowledgement of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ is the only way towards complete happiness (John 14:6). In our current state, we can experience moments of happiness in our walk with Christ, which is obtained through a relationship with Christ, meditating on Scripture, prayer, loving others, and a daily lifting of the cross. In knowing all these things, happiness, in this life, is found in Christ. – Philippians 4:11 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”
Christians view happiness a lot differently than the rest of the world. However, being a Christian does not make you invulnerable to worldly things. Things like materialism have greatly influenced happiness, and many Christians have fallen prey to it.
Here are two verses to keep close just in case you are battling with materialism:
Matthew 6:19-21 [ESV] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Colossians 3:1-2 [ESV] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of GOd. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Questions to consider:
How do you feel about materialism?
Has it influenced your happiness more than it should?
What is happiness to you?
What is happiness to the world?