Jesus Never Said……


We live in a you-do-you kind of world, where you just want to do more of what makes you happy.

But what if happiness isn’t the best goal—or life advice—to follow? Turns out, Jesus never actually said to do more of what makes you happy. But hang with us—He said something way better.

Just as we sometimes confuse following Jesus with some self-salvation plan that will one day make our lives more perfect and trouble-free, other times we confuse the way of Jesus with the pursuit of happiness.

The mental math works like this: God is good and happiness is good, so God must want me to figure out how to be happy. Also, this thing, relationship, or way of life makes me happy, so God must want me to go get it for myself.

If you’re feeling cornered right about now, don’t. You’re not alone. This kind of thinking is natural. In his New Year, New Mercies Bible Plan, Dr. Paul David Tripp relates, “Wishing that you were more sovereign over people, situations, and locations than you will ever be is natural.” It’s natural to want your own way. It’s natural to try to arrange for your life so that you don’t experience discomfort. It’s natural to want Jesus, religion, or reading the Bible to make your life work out. It’s natural to go to entertainment, stuff, or substance to mute the noise when religion doesn’t work out. It’s natural to try to do whatever it takes to be happy.

It’s natural, but is it working? When we realize that at the end of every human attempt to secure our own happiness is less security and more unhappiness, that is when we can finally see Jesus for who He really is. Jesus is enough.

Jesus never said, “Go your way and do what makes you happy.” He said He is the way, the truth, and the life. He said no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Jesus is enough.

Jesus never said you can’t be happy. He did, however, imply that you can’t find real joy, deep happiness, and true restoration, or realize the forever-saving love of our heavenly Father without going through Him as if He alone is enough (John 15:1-17). Because Jesus is enough.

Thankfully, Jesus loves you so much that He gets in the way of your pursuit of happiness. He enters your world and gives up His life so you can finally give up on trying to figure out what makes you happy. To quote Dr. Tripp, “He is rescuing you from thinking that you can live the life you were meant to live while relying on the inadequate resources of your wisdom, experience, righteousness, and strength.”

That’s not natural. That’s supernatural. That’s who Jesus is—Jesus is enough.


Courtesy of Life Church


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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