When you’re yearning for the insane happy way of love
“Blessed would be the meek…” and “The fresh fruit of the Spirit is love…” So begin The Beatitudes and the Fruit of the Spirit, two of the most beloved passages in the Bible. Each offers incredible wisdom about what creates a good life. But what happens when we bring these 9 teachings and nine fruit together? Daniel Fusco, author of Crazy Happy: Nine Surprising Ways to Live the Truly Beautiful Life, believes an amazing biblical synergy forms an attractive and surprising invitation towards the deep happiness we desire. It’s so simple and therefore profound we might even end up being tempted to call it “crazy. ” It’ s the grace to welcome Daniel to the farm’ s front porch today…
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O badiah, Maranatha, and Annabelle. Those are my 3 amazing kids.
And let me tell you—I have yet to experience an additional joy equal to the pleasure of parenting. Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard…but it’s a good thing I’ve ever poured our heart and energy and life into.
Having said that, getting my kids out the doorway and headed to school is in fact one of the most excruciating things my wife and I do on a daily basis. It’s not for lack of trying.
But no matter what we do, I’ lmost all just be honest with you. To quote David Bowie, “It ain’t easy. ”
But once the children are in the car, and we take out of the driveway, then, like the calm right after the tornado, our morning gets actually fun.
You see, morning car rides have become one of our favorite family members prayer times. We take time to bring our day before God, and prepare ourselves for what it will hold.
Within Matthew 18 when Jesus talked about entering the kingdom of heaven like a child, I believe He meant more than we usually think. It is more than just having childlike faith . I think He meant that children are basic , and we need to become like that too.
There’s a simpler way of seeing the world. Kids have it. Most grown-ups don’t.
As we get older, we become more complex. We be a little more self-aware. More insecure. Lifestyle spirals from there, seeming to get more complicated every day. Sooner or later all of us wind up realizing that interactions seem so much harder compared to they used to, so much more painful.
Sometimes all this “growing up” keeps us from experiencing all that Our god has for us in Jesus. This is the drama of living. It’s also the problem associated with life. It, for good reasons or bad, becomes precisely why it seemed so easy as soon as (for most of us) to be crazy happy. It’s the reason why it feels so much harder at this point.
Yet deep down, we all remember a better way. But what’s hard to own sometimes is that the biggest source of complexity is definitely us .
Christ was strong in His simpleness. So is it any wonder that this real Jesus launched His famous sermon within the Beatitudes by reminding all of us of this crazy way of life? He paints a beautiful but surprising picture of what a really blessed life is, starting with how we enter the kingdom associated with heaven.
Matthew 5: 3 (NKJV) reads: Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
What’ s fascinating about Jesus is just He would start out with, “ Blessed are the poor in spirit. ” Think about this! Let it sink in. He’s stating, “ Oh how fortunate are the poor in spirit! ” Can we all concur that nobody talks like this today?
Nothing of us feels lucky when we’re being humbled, perform we? Discuss crazy happy!
This is one of the main reasons our Western modern society today has issues with the actual Jesus.
Someone who is poor in nature is by definition acknowledging their spiritual bankruptcy—they understand they aren’t enough. Within our highly individualistic, “work tough, play hard” society, the idea of spiritual poverty flies when confronted with our value sets, especially the cultural movement to value our sense of self above anything else.
When we love yourself the way culture encourages us to, we end up narcissistic and self-obsessed.
Yes, under the banner of God’s love for us, we ought to love ourselves. But that love isn’t a self-focus—it comes from walking in the reality we are loved by God. Ironically, it’s by taking our eyes away ourselves that we can see plus value who we really are.
Humility calls us to see stuff the way God sees them…. and see ourselves the way Lord sees us. That we are broken plus flawed. That we don’ t get every thing right. And we are helpless to heal ourselves on this own…(Ouch! )
God’s elegance rises up from the ashes of our humility. Then, humility throws open up the gates of the empire of God and network marketing leads us into the potential of a truly beautiful life.
When we forget about our desperation to be right, we grow in our willingness and desire to walk in what is right…when that shift in our mindset happens, now all of a sudden we begin to state, “Lord, I need you”— and really mean it.
All of us start to recognize the reality that He who began a good operate us will continue till the day of Christ Jesus—so He’s not done with us yet, in other words.
So humility gives us access to the kingdom of God, which is just another way of saying humility gives us access to Jesus. In other words, without humility, we have simply no access to Jesus. Being proud is not just the sin. It’s the root of sin. It is distance from our impossibly humble God.
Here’ s the deal: if you would not call your self poor in spirit or even humble today, then you’ ve actually left the place where Jesus meets you.
He starts with humility, and the beauty that comes from loving other people. We’ re supposed to dwell forever in humble gratitude for our salvation, at the feet of the cross, and share that will with everyone around us.
That is how Jesus works. When we come to Jesus in poverty of soul, He is faithful to bear the fruit in our lives He really wants to bear.
He doesn’t leave us as orphans. He helps us love others in the way He’s directed us to live. It of the Spirit is enjoy. (Galatians 5: 22)
But as good as could be life is, this is only the beginning.
Poverty of spirit is the doorway to the kingdom of bliss, where we begin to stroll in love for Our god and humanity.
That means that when really like begins to take root within our hearts, we’re only standing on the threshold of all the wonderful fruit God wants to unfold in our lives.
Daniel Fusco is an author, a church planter, as well as the lead pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, Washington. His radio program, Jesus Is Real Radio stations, is broadcast across the country, and his TV show, Real with Daniel Fusco , will be aired on weekly on the Hillsong Route. He’s written articles intended for CBN, Preaching Today , Relevant , and USA Today, and is a regular factor to Roma Downey’s LightWorkers.
There’s no shame in wanting to be happy, but true satisfaction often eludes us. Here’s the reality: wherever we hunt for pleasure, we’ll wind up shortchanged. Exactly why? Because plain and simple, the only cause we’re so often unhappy with our lives is because we do not see our lives as beautiful. But God wants something better for you.
In Crazy Happy: 9 Surprising Ways to Live the Truly Beautiful Life, Daniel Fusco unlocks the joy we’ve always longed pertaining to in a place that seemed too obvious to look: the teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul.
[ Our humble thanks to Waterbrook for their partnership in today’s devotion ]