“If you insist on saving
your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake
and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.”
(Mark 8:35 LB)
God wired the
universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success.
comes from service. God designed you to be happiest when you are giving your
life away. Why? Because he wants you to become like him. It’s all about love!
“If you insist on saving your life,
you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the
sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 LB).
To have a
happy heart, you have to practice service and generosity every day.
says, “Even the Son of Man came not to be
served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many”
Jesus came to
serve and give. Those are the two things that will bring more happiness in your
life than anything else, and they define what it means to follow Jesus. If
you’re not serving, if you’re not giving, then you’re not following Jesus. It’s
wired the universe in such a way that the more you give yourself away, the more
God gives to you and the more blessed and happier you are.
Philippians 2:17-18, Paul says, “Your
faith makes you offer your lives as a sacrifice in serving God. If I have to
offer my own blood with your sacrifice, I will be happy and full of joy with
all of you. You also should be happy and full of joy with me” (NCV).
makes you offer your life as a sacrifice and serve God by serving others.
Sacrifice and serving are two of the keys to lifelong happiness — generously
giving your life away for the sake of the Gospel.
Talk It Over
makes you happiest in life?
about a time when you experienced happiness through service or generosity.
much of your time is spent on service? What are ways that you can serve others