Rejoicing In Christ or With?

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:1-8 ESV)

Let us pause for a moment and truly read the verses above. 

From the title of this post you may already know what the subject will entail but I don’t think it is spoken about as often as it should. Rejoicing, finding joy, “being happy”, these are all terms we hear in the culture. Within the church the “positive” movement or consciousness has infiltrated the church with new age teachings. Though the terminology can seem as a right thing to abide or use, it is dangerous to say the least. 

Now, we hear various people throughout scripture talking about rejoicing in God or finding our joy in Him. Very loosely we have peeled some layers to include rejoicing or finding joy above anything else. We have introduced a sense of the ego in which we now seek happiness, instead of seeking holiness. Being happy is now worth more than being holy.  

From the Psalms, as well as the book of thessalonians, we read to rejoice always. But what many confuse is that joy comes from the peace of being with God. We don’t seek to be happy but to obey and love Him as He first loved us. There is a misconception when we speak about these words and the meanings people have now interpreted. Just as the danger with prosperity gospels, happiness, or positivity can truly leave one distraught when the reality hits you. Now sure, we can be realistic and not think negative all the time but for the most part we have been taught that whatever we think, we will attract. This is new age thinking at its finest, it is literally called the law of attraction. The Truth is, you don’t become what you surround yourself with or think but what you allow inside and allow to manifest from within.

I can discuss the occult and magick as if I was still studying and practicing but it doesn’t mean I am defined by it. Just as Paul studied what the Greeks believed so he could be better equipped and still vigorously preached Christ. Or better yet, Christ sitting amongst sinners and still being an example. Now it is true to be wary of what we have around us or allow inside us but also understand sin becomes sin when we beat fruit to our desires which go in contradiction to the will of God or intended nature.

I hope I didn’t throw things in a loop or out of your heads. I am trying to clarify a simple message, our joy is found in Christ. We will not be happy from the things of the world nor because we are no longer single, etc. No matter what we endure, our hope is in Christ and because of this we rejoice, knowing that everything else is vain apart from Him. 

I ask as someone who also asks himself this question, are you seeking Christ to be happy? Or are you happy because you are in Christ? Gee_ology out, be blessed.

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