“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
-Philippians 3:8-9 NIV
I made a mistake when I chose the title for this week’s message. Happiness appears to be a thing that people are searching for more, and finding less. That’s because happiness is fleeting and fickle. Joy is deep and abiding. So, the secret of happiness might be to not seek happiness, but to seek joy. Joy is not based on circumstances or possessions. An article on Psychologytoday.com states, “Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, where you are, why you are” The apostle Paul declared that he considered all his earthly gains a loss compared to the greatness of knowing Christ. Paul was content despite his circumstances. He was in prison for preaching the good news about Jesus. But faith in Christ gave him joy. Faith in Christ gives US joy because in Christ we have identity, we know who we are. We are dearly loved children of God. We know where we are. We are strangers here on a journey to our eternal home in heaven. And we know why we are. We are here to spread the news of forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus Christ! No wonder this generation can’t find happiness or joy. They’re being taught that God doesn’t exist, they are here by accident, and death is the end. Faith in Jesus gives deep, lasting joy and contentment. Let’s not keep that a secret.