Have you ever had a Christian friend or maybe even a pastor tell you that Jesus did not promise His followers a happy life? If so, I’m here to dispel that claim and assure you that the Lord does indeed want you to be full of happiness and joy — but there’s a catch!
The Sermon on the Mount is basically Jesus’ thesis on how to be happy. The Greek word used in Matthew 5 for “blessed” is macarius, and it’s translated: happy, fortunate, well-off, and supremely blessed. The caveat, however, is that this supreme blessing comes at a cost. Far from being a feel-good emotion or experience, living in the immensity of God’s favor is the byproduct of suffering and sacrifice. Experiencing Jesus’ best life means that you have to live the way He lived — take responsibility, put others before yourself, and surrender your outcomes to Him with abandon.
Friend, you will never be happy without doing it God’s way. If you want the best life available to you on earth, you must have meaningful responsibilities that propel you toward something greater than yourself. Don’t mistake temporary pleasures for the deep and lasting joy that comes from being content, and remember that contentedness is inextricably linked to stepping into your calling!