Jesus said that even in abundance our life does not consist in what we have. I just updated my Linked In account to reflect my new job. For my job description I put that I serve the mentally ill of which I am one. At one time I wanted to be a CEO or president or anything that at that time I thought commanded respect. I despised my mental illness and the stigma and “shame” that came with it. Now I thank God for the experience of mental illness though I would not want to go back to having no meds. I get to meet some of the neatest people through my job. And what used to hold me back now I use to join with others in moving forward. Jesus’ kingdom truly is upside-down when compared with how this world thinks. If God would have granted me a healthy brain and given me my desire to “be important”, I would be lonely, frustrated, and friendless. Instead He gave me defective brain chemistry, pain and sorrow, and a new life that values other people instead of what I think other people think of me.
What do you value? Are you happy? The Bible says that Jesus, took the form of a servant, and for the joy set before Him, endured the cross to pay for our sins. What did He value? You and me, and His Father. He was never elected to public office, never wrote a book, and didn’t travel the world. He did however, humble himself and obey His Father. And He is happy. If you want to follow in His footsteps you can. Just confess your sins to Him. Tell Him you’re sorry for them and that you are turning from them with His help. Tell Him you believe He died for your sins and rose to give you new life. And then tell someone about the forgiveness and new life God has given you. Read the Bible and pray. And love and obey Him. You will experience His peace, love and joy.
Before I met Jesus I sometimes thought that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Christians were BORING!!! For example, if a man and woman who were not married wanted to be intimate, why would God want to stop them? Love is good right? They’re not hurting anyone so what’s the problem? Why doesn’t God want people to have fun?
The Bible says sin definitely is fun. God says in the Bible that you can “…enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time” (Hebrews 11:25b NIV84). The fun doesn’t last, however. And the fun ultimately results in separation from God and his love forever. Why? Sin always hurts God or people or both. And it always hurts ourselves. God jealously loves us and He wants nothing to hurt us. That’s why He gave us the Bible. In it are His commands and principles for us to live by so that we can know how not to hurt God, others, and ourselves. And how to truly love and do good. But knowing that is not enough. We need a heart transplant. We need our spirits made alive. Jesus says He will give us a heart of flesh for a heart of stone. Jesus said he will make our dead spirits alive like His. He said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
For Jesus to change us we need to believe that He is and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Then we need to agree with Him (confess) that we have hurt Him, others and ourselves and that with His help we will try to never sin again (repentance). Then we need to trust Him, that His death on the cross paid the full debt we owed God (faith). Then ask Jesus to fill you with His Holy Spirit. We then need to tell others about the wonderful thing God has done for us. And repent if we sin again.
Now that I have a relationship with Jesus my life has never been more of a fun adventure. The more I obey Him the more fulfilling it is. I found out that satan’s “fun” was only a worthless imitation of the joy that Jesus freely gives. Life with Jesus also has been more difficult in other ways. Satan attacks my mind more now. But now I have Jesus living inside me through the power of the Holy Spirit and He guides me and encourages me, He protects me and provides for me. And, He helps me write about Him in this blog.
I hope you will choose Jesus over sin. You will never regret it.