Before you say it, yes, I am borrowing from the film Pursuit of Happynesswith Will Smith. First off, let me say, I really enjoyed this movie. I thought the story was a poignant display of the human condition and determination; surprisingly funny at times and wholly uplifting.
Of course, I couldn’t resist a little spin on the idea.
The movie is titled Pursuit of Happyness as a reference to our US Declaration of Independence which promises citizens, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” While that aim is well and good, citizens of Heaven have a different declaration, a different calling. We are called, above all else, to holiness.
Just this Sunday, my pastor’s sermon was out of Philippians 3:1, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the LORD. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” (ESV). Our message centered on the difference between happiness and joy being the difference between a feeling and a lifestyle. My pastor mentioned that the two ways a Christian can become truly joyful is by 1) knowing doctrinal truths and 2) choosing to apply them to his or her life. The end result being, of course, closeness to God the Father which resembles something holy and set apart, rather than something temporal and superficial.
Christians, pursue holiness and you will find yourself becoming something infinitely more precious than merely ‘happy’.
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