Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Just clowning around sometimes with friends can bring happiness. Yet, as happy as those moments with friends can be, it is not the ultimate source of happiness. These friendships man wane over time, but being a friend of God never loses it intensity.

The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' - Matthew 25:20-21

Happiness in Jesus. Sharing God's happiness. Have you ever had a friend that had something you really wanted? Then to your amazement, that friend shared it with you. How did that make you feel? I can image you must have felt really loved or cared for that your friend thought enough about you to share his or her treat with you.

This is what God does with you and I. When God gives us talents (something valuable) he wants us to use it wisely and increase it. When we do, God says to us that we will be given another special treat, we will be able to share in his happiness.

The word happiness carries many meaning. In this instance it is the allowing of one to share in the joy or delight of God. This joy cannot be gained in any other way, than offered by God. What a blessing to be able to come and experience the joy and happiness of God. It is important for us to know that when we are obedient to God, he increases our joy and our happiness. It also shows us that our happiness is not depend upon outside factors. It is not because of what I have or what I will be able to get, it is based on the obedience to God.

Today, I pray that we would be obedient to God so that we can experience true happiness in him. Lord help us experience the treasures that you have for those that love you.