Are You Having Fun Yet?

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OK, OK ... Allow me to put our question for today another way: “Are you enjoying life?” The Bible says the vast majority of mankind is trying to convince themselves that they are, but it is only a facade. 

Hear the words of King Solomon in Proverbs 14:13, “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.”  What is your facade?  What mask do you put on before the watching world?  What temporary fixes do you find to quiet the God-sized void in your life?  What things consume your life so you can convince yourself you are having fun? -- Your job?  Hunting and Fishing?  Boating?  Shopping?  Drinking?  Going to the movies? Eating out? Going to church? ... Which of these activities best describe your lifestyle?  Now, be honest!  You are not having fun; you are not truly enjoying yourself.  Some may argue, “Pastor Jerry, how dare you include in your list of consuming vices ‘going to church.’”  I say, “Why not?”  Many people hide behind that mask because they like to be seen as a church-goer.” But they are really “drugged” by religion. They are bored stiff by church-going, but too outwardly moral to live like “the heathen!”  Please don't think that you are fooling the unbelieving community around you, and most importantly, the all-seeing God.  You will remember that in my last column, I had said that my headline had been re-phrased in previous generations as “What is the chief end of man?”  Then I gave part of the answer to the question:  “To glorify (honor) the God who created you in His image by turning from yourself and your sin and by believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord (Master and Creator) and Savior....”  Well, the other part of the answer to that question is “...and to enjoy Him forever.”  Enjoy God?  Yes!  Knowing God through Jesus Christ can become a joyful reality.  God created us to enjoy Him!  Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Are you enjoying life? Are you content in your present circumstances? Dear reader, come into His presence where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Such joy the world will never bring you!  Jesus said, in John 10:10, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”  To know and love God brings lasting joy (Psalm 73:25), a joy from the inside out. Will you put down your façade? Are you having fun yet?

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