Yesterday, as I studied the Word of God and read through some commentaries, I came across an interesting quote that got me thinking. The author said;

One of the finest things ever said is the Rabbinic saying, “A man [or woman] will have to give an account on the judgement day for every good thing which he [or she] might have enjoyed, and did not”.

It’s an interesting thought, but I doubt that’s the case. However, often when we think of the Christian faith and a life of godliness, we tend to associate it with a life of self-denial or abstinence. While this is true of many teachings in scripture, there can also be the danger of going to the extreme of denying oneself of the joys and happiness that God intended for us. Enjoying the blessings of the Lord with thanksgiving is a pleasing sight to God. Celebrating your success in life and the victory through Christ is pleasing to God. A few treats here and there to enjoy that which the Lord has given, is honouring to Him.

To echo this truth, Solomon said, “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19).    

On the other hand, the only danger here is when the seeking after pleasure and happiness becomes our ultimate aim, while the seeking after God becomes secondary or unnecessary.

May you be encouraged to find joy in that which the Lord has blessed you with. May you also take the step to pursue that happiness that God intended for you, because who knows, one day you may have to give an account for it!

Be encouraged!

Chris Eke