“Happy in Jesus”

July 16, 2014

One of the great hymns from the 19th Century is “Trust and Obey” by John H. Sammis. It has a wonderful refrain… “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

Being Happy is one of the undeniable results of our faith and a central tenet of our preaching…that to follow Jesus Christ will result in a happy and joyful life!
I am afraid I don’t remember or declare that as much as I should. But the truth is, I am very HAPPY since I gave my life to Jesus.

Yup… Just plain ‘ol happy!

In the documentary of the same name (“Happy”), the professors and social scientists who studied the reasons for happiness around the world and for successive decades, shared the three central reasons that produce happiness in people no matter their nationality, income, race, or creed. The three universal indicators of happiness are (1) Strong Familial Relationships, (2) Helping Others and (3) Personal Growth.

When I saw the documentary, I realized that church can provide all three! Is it really any wonder?!?!?

We are one family in Christ. We gather together for worship and to serve others. We daily seek to grow in our relationship with God and in understanding His Word.

Those exact elements of close familial relationships, service, and personal growth are what secular scientists have discovered are the formula for a happy life. No wonder we are so happy!