I want to make Jesus happy. To give Him something to delight in after all the blessings He’s given me. And if you’re like me (which you are; we’re all the same, you know!), you have this desire, and it’s deep and real, but you always seem to mess up, or you just don’t have any specific ideas. I think that sometimes we just think too much. We don’t need to be perfect, we don’t need to have a huge step-by-step plan, and we REALLY don’t need a list with a title like “25 Easy Ways to Make Jesus Happy”–that comes straight from the heart, doesn’t it? He’s not some deity we have to appease! He is a genuine Spirit who just wants some love from the ones He already loves! How do we make Him happy?: Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. (Psalm 51:6) Be you. Be real, be honest, and seek the truth. It makes Him smile. The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. (John 4:23) Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18) He just wants what you have. Honestly, He will treasure one sentence about your love for Him more than a thousand songs sung insincerely in a worship service. He just wants YOU, no matter what you have in you! Do you remember what He said about love? It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:6) Truth is a lifestyle that becomes part of you; it determines where you go and why. (see Psalm 86:11)
Knowing all this… how do you know what’s true? How do you make it an inseparable piece of you? We can’t trust ourselves for that. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9) He gives us the key when He says this: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) It’s Him! He’s the only one who can help us understand Himself. If you think you don’t know enough about Him, the answer to is to spend time with Him, GET to know Him. He IS truth, and He’ll lead you to it, because He’s also the way. He’ll become your very life. Everything He is, is true; everything He says is true (see John 17:17); and if you listen to Him, YOU will be of the truth, too (see John 18:37).
Truth is a piece of armor for spiritual war, the belt. You might think at first, “What good is a belt against any weapon? Why is that such a vital piece of armor?” Many think the same thing: “What good could truth do for me? Why do I need it?” Think about what a belt does, and you’ll be surprised just how powerful this piece of armor can be!
- A belt holds you up to your standards. Imagine, for example, that you find a horoscope section in a magazine. If you know and understand the truth that horoscopes are demonic and hurtful, you can say “nope” and continue reading about Andrew Garfield’s favorite brand of soap. However, if you don’t fasten on your belt of truth and therefore don’t recognize the impending danger, your protection will fail and the enemy might win this round. Truth keeps you safe from loss of dignity.
- A belt is where you keep your sword. A sheath attatches to your belt and allows you to always have your sword with you, even if you’re not using it. Likewise, if you have truth in your heart, God’s word (the sword of the Spirit) is there, ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Keep seeking truth and fastening it onto yourself, and you’ll always have a weapon to fight off unexpected attacks.
- A belt does NOT bind you– it frees you. When you put on a belt you are freeing yourself from both the worry that your pants will fall down, and from the constant need to pull them up. Just like a belt, the truth frees you. Some say that the truth is binding, that it restricts you. Nope; it frees you from worry and constant need. Jesus says (in John 8:31 &32), If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Let the truth free you! Fasten the belt and let it hold you up!