Gereja merupakan organisme yang hidup dan bukan sekedar organisasi buatan tangan manusia. Gereja harus di mulai di rumah tangga kita masing-masing dan bukan sekedar aktivitas religius belaka namun bagian kehidupan sehari-hari. Gereja harus jadi terang dan garam di luar dinding gedung gereja. Sebab gereja adalah kita
Kamis, 29 September 2016
Do You Know How Much God Enjoys You?
Does God Enjoy You?
Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1646 said that the chief end of man
"is to glorify God and enjoy him forever." What a great statement and
those words have resonated with many believers in the ensuing centuries.
God most Christians know, however, is not one to be enjoyed. Most
people associate fear or reverential awe with God's presence and usually
try and to please, appease, serve, or surrender to him without even
thinking of enjoying him.
The fact is that none of us can truly enjoy him until we know how much he enjoys us.
Now, that's a mind bender for many. Even if we are to enjoy God, they
think it is something we have to make ourselves do in spite of how holy
and demanding he presents himself to be. And yet, Jesus wasn't like that
when he came in human flesh. He seemed to enjoy being around his
creation, even those still lost in sin.
I used to believe he could enjoy me when I could finally get my life
together and do all the things he desired that would bring glory to him.
I'm 63 and that hasn't happened yet, even if I did pretend back in the
day that I was at least doing more than most others I knew, so he must
have thought himself fortunate to have a son like me. His love and
freedom has allowed me to see my life in more honest terms, knowing the
cracks and frailties I still have. And yet he seems to enjoy me, much
like I enjoy my grandkids. I don't think they're perfect, and even when
they are being completely obnoxious, I still love the little dears with
all my heart. I may not enjoy what they are doing at any given moment,
but I am no less delighted in them as people learning to find their way
in a difficult world.
days I hear many authors and sociologists using a new definition for
friendship that includes enjoyment. Your friends are those you enjoy
being with. When you know you're going to meet them, your heart
anticipates that time with joy. And friendship is best defined where
your friends enjoy being with you as much as you enjoy being with them.
Doesn't that make sense? Aren't those the people you treasure most and
bring the most joy into your life?
if it were true that you delight God's heart even more today than I
delight in my grandkids? What would it change in you if you truly
believed it. Somehow God finds us humans quite endearing, even when we
are lost in the pain and brokenness of a fallen world. He delights in
you even in the midst of your doubts, fears, temptations, and failures.
He does not see us as the summation of our brokenness, but as the person
he made you to be that is being swallowed by those other things.
He delights in you,
not in what you do! And he knows that the more you enjoy him, the more
you'll find freedom from the things that twist you. Transformation grows
out of our knowing that God enjoys us and that we can enjoy him as a
Join Brad and I for The God Journey Tour of Israel. We
had a couple of people drop out, so we can smash in a couple of more. If
you're interested, please sign upecause the release of The Shack movie
conflicted with our Israel dates, we had to move them to earlier in
they year. We will now be headed to Israel January 25 through February
4, 2017. The pre-trip to Petra has moved to January 22-25. If you're
interested in joining us you can get all the details here. For those interested in the release date of the movie, it is now March 3, 2017.
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I will not be traveling as much to get to some writing I've been
wanting to do, but still praying about the possibility of going to
Eastern Tennessee, Michigan (near Flint and in the U.P.), Wisconsin, and
the central Coast of California.