The Christian perspective on the blessed life transcends the world, but it also confounds onlookers. How could obsessing over the will of God make one happy? And while it might make sense that a life of obedience translates into a life with less trouble, what about the paradox of persecution? Those who receive mercy are promised mercy, and peacemakers will be called sons of God. And then they are persecuted? How nonsensical it all seems.
But for those who know Jesus, there is no contradiction. Eternal purposes produce everlasting joy. Participating in the suffering of Jesus enhances our spiritual vision and makes us part of kingdom lore. We may not rush headlong into trouble, but when it comes our hearts are purified and we see God. This is our choice. We can invest the majority of our time in the next big thing the world has to offer, or we can see God. This is not an indictment against the world’s pleasures. If God hadn’t wanted us to enjoy some of our own creations, He would have stripped us of our gifts and dreams. On the other hand, had he wanted us to be the center of the universe, He would have remained silent.
He has not been silent. Instead, the Creator has spoken to us through the patriarchs, prophets and apostles. And most of all, He has revealed His very nature in the person of His Son.
There is more to life than meets the eye. So which will it be: the latest thing or the God of the universe? Will we fill up on junk food called “temporal” or hunger and thirst for His righteousness? “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).