The Bible doesn’t set happiness as a temporal goal for Christians, but it does include it as a great by-product of living one’s life in submission to our Lord. Being happy also presents a demeanor that reflects favorably in regard to our Christian witness. Most people enjoy being around others who are generally and genuinely happy. Jesus gave us a number of ways for this to take place in our lives, especially in John:13:12-17: “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (emphasis added).
Serving others is the Lord’s point in this passage, and it’s the best remedy for self-preoccupation, a condition that ultimately results in unhappiness.
T. A. McMahon