A. I understand. I usually don't want to be bothered either. But I do want to be bothered when there is a danger I'm heading toward of which I am unaware. There is just such a danger in all our earthly happiness. Christ Himself warned, "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many." (Matthew 7: 13, ESV)
Jesus is that beautiful, narrow gate we must enter in through. Whether its family, work, studies, or good times with friends, all are a part of the broad and easy way if in it there is never a happiness in a our fellowship with Jesus Christ. In the book of Proverbs God tells us, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 14:12, ESV)
Let me illustrate. If you were with your friends at the best party of your life, feeling great, enjoying their company, and exploding with happiness, would you want me to inform you that you also happen to be having this good time in the middle of the street, and that a pick-up truck was speeding towards you with no indications of stopping? It would not matter how great your moment was- you would want me to tell you- even yell to you- about your peril, so that you could get out of the way.
The Bible's message to anyone who is embracing their family, work, hobby, or anything else, and at the same time is rejecting happiness in Christ is: "There's a pick-up truck bearing down on you, and the truck is the righteous punishment of God." It's not that God doesn't want people to be happy- quite the opposite! But He knows that happiness which is not fundamentally a happiness in Him is a happiness which will have a tragic end in Hell. Hell is the pick-up. Please, please, please: get off the road! Quickly take hold of Christ's outstreched arm, and find both eternal safety and a happiness that cannot die.
In this light, I think you can understand why Christians are intruding on your happiness. They- I - want true and everlasting happiness for you.<< Return