I [Jesus] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” (John 10:10 Amplified Bible).
C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.” I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. We, above all people, have something to be merry about!
[tweetherder][/tweetherder]What God desires, not from you but for you, is life to the full (John 10:10). There’s nothing ho-hum about that.[tweetherder][/tweetherder] I read Jesus’ words in John 10:10 and I am famished for glory moments of life to the full. I want to see God, to experience His presence as I live and move and have my being in Him.
John wrote, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). He didn’t simply use the word given, but lavished. Webster defines lavish this way: “given or provided with great generosity and abundance, to bestow with large generosity, profusion, a downpour.” Ponder those words separately.
Provided with great generosity.
Bestow with large generosity.
Do these words reflect your expectations in your relationship with Jesus?
C.S. Lewis said it well:
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (New York: HarperCollins, 1949,1976,revised 1980), 26.)
The first statement in the Shorter Catechism of Westminster Confession of 1646 states that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Enjoy Him! To enjoy God is to glorify Him. Just as He takes delight in you, He longs for you to take delight in Him. You simply can’t separate the two.
Are you enjoying God? As you live and move and have your being in Him, is there a smile on your face and a skip in your step? Do you expect the rich adventurous faith-filled life that you read about in the Bible? Do you expect to experience God’s glory today? If not, perhaps you need to raise your expectations of what your relationship with Jesus can be.
Once we’ve tasted the sweetness of His fruit, to settle for anything less than the bountiful orchard of His blessings will always disappoint. Oh yes, there are heavy-laden branches filled with low hanging fruit just waiting to be picked. If only we would reach up high enough, raise our expectations, and pluck them from the tree.
Jesus, forgive me for acting like I’m doing You a favor for following You. I know that you came to give me life to the full. Help me to stop walking around like I have life to the half-full. Today, I’m going to laugh, to smile, to enjoy being in Your presence. I am going to keep my eyes open for moments of sudden glory as You make Your presence known to me!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What do You Think?
Today’s assignment is going to be fun. As you go through your day, look in the mirror.
Are you smiling? Are you frowning?
I want you to do this at least 10 times today. No cheating. Don’t smile and then look. Look first.
Then tell me what you experienced. Did you smile more? Were you more aware of your countenance?
Let me know by leaving a comment below. I’m going to pick 10 random comments and give away a pocket mirror that says, “See yourself as God sees you…Beautiful.
2 Corinthians 5:17.”
Life is not all fun and games. It is not always fun. However, we can enjoy and experience God’s presence in all of life…all of it. If you’re feeling far from God, it’s time to get off the highway that got you there and onto the ramp that will bring you close. My bookwill help you get there. Visit my webpage to download a free sample chapter.