Monday, December 31, 2012

Surprised by God

One of the most common myths about God is that he wants to suck the joy out of life. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.

God invented pleasure

  • Food? God created that. He created the food and he created the taste buds, sense of smell, and teeth that enable us to enjoy it.

  • Sex? He is the one who invented sex. The emotions. The bond. The excitement. The hormones. The pheromones. The children. Everything that makes sex sex is God's gift to humanity.

  • Music? God again.

  • Work? Yes, work can be a pleasure. That sense of accomplishment when you've done your job well? That comes from God. God created us to work and enjoy it.

  • Art? God gave us raw materials, creativity, and senses to make and enjoy art.

There's a Bible story that drives the point home for me. As Jesus began his earthly ministry he was invited to a wedding. Jesus accepted the invitation. During the festivities (which typically lasted a week) the host ran out of wine. This was a huge embarrassment in that culture. The Jesus many believe in would have probably said something like, "Hey, you have water. Water is good enough. You'll survive." But the Jesus of the Bible did something quite different. He turned several gallons of water into wine. I see this as a demonstration of one of Jesus' teachings:

The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. 
                                                             -- Jesus (John 10:10)

Don't believe the hype. Jesus isn't out to steal from you! His desire is that you receive abundance from him. The only question is whether you are willing to receive it.