We are all entertained by something. We’re all made happy by and excited by and look forward to something. Every day. Every hour.
My short encouragement today is simply this: Savor Jesus Christ. Enjoy Him. Cherish Jesus of Nazareth more than anything or anyone.
Let His good control over the universe cause your fingers to loosen around the levers of your day-to-day life. Let His furious mercy for your sins incinerate your desire to impress people or God. Let the fact that He is returning, and that that is more certain than the next presidential or election or your next mortgage payment, give you perspective. Let it make you willing to leave comfort behind for better things if and when the time comes, because your soul and Jesus Christ are better things to keep than the world’s prizes.
His control, His mercy, His coming back. These things are unshakeably true. And they offer soul-calming hope for everyone who has repented and truly believed in Jesus Christ. They can give electrifying joy to every human being who has been born again, been born from above, who now sees the Kingdom and loves the King’s appearing. Because of course you can’t see the Kingdom or love His appearing if you haven’t been born again (John 3:3).
If you’ve forgotten these things, or if you’re saddened despite them, my encouragement is a challenge. A push. A shove that I myself was given this week, and God used it to bless me.
Here it is: Beg Jesus Christ to cause you to love Him and delight in Him. Knock on His door until your knuckles are bloody, if you must. Push through the crowd and grab ahold of His garment. Wrestle with His angel in faith until the sun comes up. Pray to God that He would provoke you to love Him and enjoy Him.
Guys, there is no greater prize than Jesus Christ. And the flip side of that is that there is no greater sadness than getting to the end of your life and realizing you never truly knew Him, or that you spent your days on lesser things.
“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’ And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.'”
Luke 19:5-10 (emphasis mine)
Love and rejoice in Jesus Christ. And ask Him, plead with Him to help you do it, as only He can.
*Note: This post was adapted from an e-mail I sent to our church.”