Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:37 pm
The Messenger, August 26, 2010
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Are you enjoying God?
That is a question we do not hear very often. We are more likely to hear such things as, “Are you reading your Bible daily?” or “Do you go to church regularly?” or even, “Do you love Jesus?”
Admittedly, all of these are great questions. But I think we can answer all of these in the affirmative and still answer “no” to the first question.
This breaks the heart of God. Of all things we can do for God that are good, noble, spiritual and righteous, one of the things God wants most is for us to enjoy Him.
It is possible to get so caught up in serving God and obeying God that we forget to enjoy God. When we serve and obey God without enjoying God, there are two dangers we run the risk of experiencing.
One is we can burn-out. We grow tired and weary of doing what we do for God. We lose the joy of serving Jesus, and it is replaced with a sense of drudgery and dread.
The other danger is we can harbor resentment. We can begin to think nobody really cares if I do this or not. We can think, “I really am only doing this because no one else will!”
As this mindset develops, we begin to resent people “feeding” off us all the time and not stepping up to do their share of the work.
Enjoying God is at the core of the Gospel. I believe in our country one of the crucial things the followers of Christ must reclaim is to intentionally enjoy God every day.
The Westminster Catechism states, “The chief end of humankind is to obey God and ENJOY HIM FOREVER!”
Spend some time this week enjoying God!
Rev. Roger Reid
Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church
631 East Church St.