I’m sure we are all familiar with the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. You can read the full story in Matthew 21:1 – 11. A closer examination of this story can bring a lot of hope to those of us who desire to be of service to the King.
A life surrendered to the King is the pathway to joy. Instead of constantly grasping and keeping for ourselves, we get to partner with the King and experience the overflowing elation of extending ourselves to be a blessing to others.
Those who constantly focus on themselves often live lives of frustration and depression because, let’s face it, not everyone else’s world revolves around them. They are only happy when they are the center of attention. They quickly become unhappy when the limelight focuses on someone else.
On the other hand, those who make the King their focus can rejoice in Him even in the most depressing circumstances. They live in the light of His love and care even when everything around them looks very dark. Likewise, those who serve the King by serving others discover the joy filled satisfaction that comes from making the lives of others better. They tend to forget about themselves as they look to what the Lord is doing in the lives of those around them. This outward focus tends to chase away depression.
Demos Shakarian, founder of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International, used to say, “The happiest people on earth are those who find the will of God and do it.” That’s true. Living in the Reign is anything but dreary and depressing.