“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence and we have even made movies about this. Why, because it’s something we all desire to have. We all want to be happy and enjoy a successful life. Even though we all posses within us this desire though we must be careful with what we pursue. We must take this desire and keep it in line with Gods desire in order for us to accomplish that happiness we are looking for. We have seen many people desire to do great things only to see that desire ruin their lives because their desire was part of God’s plan and they allowed it to be corrupted or it wasn’t part of God’s plan at all.
We have seen men desiring to gain wealth only to become consumed with it leaving them in a financially bad place because of greed that crept in. We have seen that politician desiring to make a positive change within the political world only to get sucked into things they never would have imagined being in that caused them too lose their job and the influence they once had. We see people desiring to become famous only to have their life taken short after they reached their accomplishment due to drugs, peer pressure and stress from the business. I could go on and on about this because we see it everyday.
In the bible in the book of Matthew there was a rich young man who pursued wealth and possessions and gain it all. This young man had the desire to follow Jesus but his desire for wealth outweighed his desire to follow Jesus which left him unhappy in the end because none of that truly brought him the happiness he longed for.
Matthew 19:16-22 New International Version (NIV)
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself. 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
So be careful what you pursue because it may bring destruction, unhappiness, or spiritual or physical death.
Exodus 14:23-27 New International Version (NIV)
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.
2 Samuel 2:19-23 New International Version (NIV)
19 He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him. 20 Abner looked behind him and asked, “Is that you, Asahel?” “It is,” he answered. 21 Then Abner said to him, “Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel would not stop chasing him.22 Again Abner warned Asahel, “Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?”
23 But Asahel refused to give up the pursuit; so Abner thrust the butt of his spear into Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He fell there and died on the spot. And every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died.
So what should we pursue?
Proverbs 15:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
1 Timothy 6:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
When we pursue God and include him in our pursuits that’s when we will begin to experience the true meaning of ” The pursuit of Happiness”
I pray that as you go through this journey called life that you pursue Christ as aggressive as you pursue everything else. I also pray that you never lose site of the fact that if you have a relationship with the Lord in the end Jesus wins and because of that you also win.
I can’t miss this opportunity so if your reading this now and you don’t have a relationship with the Lord please don’t exit before doing so because Jesus wants to do something that you can’t do yourself and that is save you. If your willing to allow Jesus to become your personal savior say this prayer. Pray Lord I confess with my mouth that you are Lord and believe in my heart that you rose from the dead for my sins. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come into my heart teaching me and guiding me in the way that I should live in Jesus name I pray Amen!!! If you said this prayer and you meant it from your heart you are now saved by the blood of Jesus!!