Sunday, June 3, 2012
What delights you? Your girlfriend or boyfriend? Your spouse or fiancee?
The definition of delight is great enjoyment or pleasure. Things can delight, events, or even people can bring immense joy. But what about Jesus? Does He bring any delight when his name comes to mind or do you just yawn and say "Don't go getting religious on me now"?
What things in your life are truly important to you? Maybe a nap or good night's sleep is up there on the list after a long hard day. Maybe it is a hobby, television, movies, or playing a certain sport. Do maybe naps, hobbies, work, and friends bring you more joy than Jesus?
We are not supposed to place anything above God as sometimes we could end up almost worshipping that person or thing. Take a celebrity or rock star for instance. Perhaps you are fortunate enough to have attended a concert of a famous singer and all the people in the audience are screaming and sometimes almost feinting depending on who is on stage. Do you get that excited about Jesus or are you ashamed to praise Him with your hands lifted high in the air.
Maybe the problem is that you are 'religious' but never really asked Jesus into your heart and you do not really pray to him or think about Him much until Sunday rolls around and sometimes not even then.
In the Old Testament in Exodus 20:3 it reminds us "You shall have no other God's before me." In Exodus 15:11 it says " Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" Meditate on that for awhile. He works wonders, he raises the dead, he heals, he sets free, he is the Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth!
Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Maybe what you need is a fresh start with God. Perhaps you were turned off by legalistic churches which talked about more of what you could not do rather than God's love, forgiveness and grace. Maybe church seemed too formal and you felt you did not have the right clothes to attend. Maybe you felt judgmental eyes staring at you or the message was so formal you could not understand it.
Perhaps it is time to reexamine your life and start a new church that is alive for Christ and will love you no matter what you wear or what you have done. For some it is hard because you say "Well my mama went there, I was baptized here as a baby or youth, my family has always gone here" and on the excuses go. You do not get into heaven on your grandmothers' coattails or because of a certain church membership or denomination.
So where is your heart today? Do you love Jesus with all your heart? Do you want to live for Him and start delighting in Him? Today, right where you are say "Lord Jesus I want you to come live in my heart. I know I am a sinner saved by grace. I want to live for you and serve you."
You can start today renewing your excitement for Jesus and truly put Him first or you can keep putting it off. Job 22:26 says "Surely you will find delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.". Why not turn off your TV and turn onto Jesus.
PRAYER: Lord I want my delight to always be in you. I confess at times other things have taken first place. I want to change that now Lord and let you live in me as I seek to be more Christlike. In Jesus name. Amen.