Midweek Wake-Up, August 10
On Sunday morning we were thinking about giving generously in order to gain a greater treasure, reward, and happiness. One of the concerns that has often been raised over the years with regards to such teaching is: “Is it really right to seek treasure and reward from God? Rather, shouldn’t we simply live a life that is pleasing to God regardless of any benefit or reward we might receive?” However, it seems that Jesus actually commands us to seek reward and treasure: Matt 6:20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal“. And in the context of God providing for our needs here and now in this life, we read in Matt 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. Could it simply be that God has made us all voracious seekers of treasure, happiness, and reward, and that finding real happiness in our relationship with God through Christ is inextricably linked to the way we live, that is, living a holy life?
In a recent article Tony Reinke puts it like this:
In reality, our quest for happiness is driven by a primal urge, an urge as ancient as the first man and woman, an urge that predates postmodernism, modernism, the enlightenment, and Freud.
Like every generation before, we face the same ancient choice, and it’s not a choice between happiness and holiness, but between two different quests for happiness (one evil, one holy).
Quest #1 is a pursuit of the happiness promised by the false securities and comforts and idols of our world but turns out to be false lies that grieve.
Quest #2 is a true happiness found in God, a genuine delight in him, an eternal and unending treasuring of his glory and holiness above all else.
So there’s the key. The battle for this true holy-happiness is a daily spiritual battle for the faith to choose the right happiness. John Piper well summarized the daily faith-battle of the happy-holiness: “When we say God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him, we are saying the essential warfare of holiness, or sanctification, is the warfare to be satisfied in God.”
There’s a weight of truth in that statement worth deep and long reflection.
You can read the whole article here: