If we surveyed the average “spiritually minded” person, they might suggest that this is a lesser ambition. We should be saying, “I want to please God,” or “I want to share the Gospel with every people group.” But are these ambitions in conflict with one another? I don’t think so.
The psalmist writes, “Serve the Lord with gladness.” That is given in the form of a command. If I serve the Lord in sadness, I need to repent. God calls me to “Shout joyfully unto the Lord.” (Both of these quotes are Psalm 100:1-2). I remember in Vacation Bible School singing a song that said, “Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart, from the castle of my heart, from the castle of my heart; Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart, when the king is in residence there.”
I see so many so called Christians today with sad faces and stooped shoulders. Ask them, “How are you doing?” and you are likely to get an answer like, “I guess I am doing OK, considering . . .” James writes and says, “Count it all joy when you encounter various trials.” What? Are you kidding? And Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord, always.”
Nehemiah wrote and said, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” SO today, check your joy level. How is it? Still not convinced it is a good ambition. Then why did Jesus start the Sermon on the Mount with the “Be Attitudes” (I know it is Beatitudes, but it really is about attitudes that ought to be.” That word “Blessed” means “Happy.” Over and over again, Jesus says, “Happy are those who. . .”