“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
– Psalm 16:11
A few years ago, I went to a conference in Dallas. I was so excited to sit under the teaching of some of my favorite preachers and to get the opportunity to worship alongside some of the biggest names. As I’m walking up to the door to enter, a door greeter said the most remarkable and powerful thing I heard throughout the conference. He said, “Enjoy Jesus”. Those two words stayed with me the whole time and have stuck with me ever since. Jesus is meant to be enjoyed and we are meant to find joy in being with Him and following Him.
Often times, I think we don’t enjoy Jesus for a variety of reasons. We follow him based on the idea that somehow we can work ourselves to His grace when Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us the opposite. We strive to earn this “Enjoying Jesus Status” when in actuality, we can’t earn enough grace to reach this point. It must come through faith alone. Enjoying Jesus means we rest in His finished work on the cross and stop striving and striding for some sort of behavior modification.
When I find myself getting in a rut with following Jesus, it usually means I’m not in an intimate and growing relationship with Him. It usually means that I’m far from Him. It’s not Him that’s moved away, it’s me. Following Jesus should never be boring. There’s a life of excitement to be found in following Him. The Christian life is not marked by being a boring, robotic, and rule-centric life but rather a life of excitement and a life marked by making much of Jesus and less of us.
One of the biggest places we must begin to examine our lives, in light of enjoying Jesus, is how we read scripture. When we look at scripture as a rule book, rather than a life-transforming book, we begin to fall into the trap of monotony. It becomes a chore to spend time with God, rather than a pleasure and an exciting moment in our day. We must ask God to satisfy us with His word and begin to change our view of the way He has chosen to reveal Himself to us.
My charge to you is this: Enjoy Jesus! Enjoy following your Creator and King. Enjoy being with Him, reading the scriptures, and lifting your concerns and the concerns of those around you to Him. Psalm 16:11 says that in Him our joy is made full. It isn’t lacking some quality or amount. In Christ, our joy is made complete and we begin to enjoy Jesus more fully.
Pray: God, thank you for giving me Your word. Help me to cherish it and give it the respect it deserves. Forgive me for when I seek things outside of You to give me joy. Help me to find joy in following You.
First Baptist Broken Arrow