What makes you light up?
And no, I don’t mean cigarettes. :)
I have a co-worker named Miller. Now Miller is a very “let’s get it done” kind of guy. Focused, hard worker, dependable, serious, all of these words apply to Miller. I’ve worked with Miller for a little over a year and never really developed a friendship with him. “He’s just a co-worker”, plus his seriousness can be a little bit scary.
Right around the time he moved this year, his coworkers in an expression of acknowledgement of the stress he was going thru, wrapped up a cigarette and hung it on the wall labeled “in case of Miller emergency”. They then took two cigarettes, took the filter off one and stuck them together, they hung it up on the wall labeled, “In case of extreme Miller emergency.” Funny. Yet, thru all of this, it wasn’t till the middle of October that I really started getting to know Miller.
What changed? He started talking about his wife.
I have never seen a man light up like Miller when he is talking about his wife. He told me tonight that when you finally get something you had given up all hope of receiving, you appreciate it more.
Some people light up when they talk about their fantasy football team, some their new video games, the latest episode of “the Walking Dead”, their music, their kids, the list goes on and on. What do we light up for?
What catches our interest? What keeps our interest? What are we passionate about?
In James chapter 1, God talks about things that come into our lives, distractions, temptations, lusts, that would turn our eyes away our walk with the Lord. In verse 2 He says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;”. Verse 12 ” Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Verse 14 says, ” But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of His own lust, and enticed.”
Every man is tempted. Every woman is tempted.
Merriam-Websters unabridged dictionary’s #1 definition of tempt is, “to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain: allure into evil: seduce
There came a point in our lives where we made a choice to do something, something that excited us, that made our faces light up. For some that was marriage, for some, the dream career. For others, it was children, purchasing a home or a car. Yet in each of these decisions there came a point where maintaining that decision became hard work. Maybe it just wasn’t what you expected. This is the time when satan will slip a little temptation into your thought processes or your world.
In the Bible, over and over, we are told that there are going to be times of testing, trials by fire. Yet we are told to “count it all joy when we fall into diverse temptations”. How do we do that?
John 3:16 says, ” For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loved us. He loved us so much that even knowing intimatly what Jesus was going to go through, he still sent him down to earth so that we could have a relationship with Him. Even with all the pain, sorrow and betrayal ahead of of Him, Jesus still actively entered into relationships with his disciples and followers. Why?
Because He is passionate about us.
Growing up I always believed Jesus was a very serious man who never smiled or laughed or cracked a joke (partly because that was the way I was becoming, partly because the bible talks about Him weeping but never about him laughing.) Not to long ago I watched the dvd “Matthew”, a word for word dramatization of the NIV book of Matthew. I realized, who would want to hang around someone for 3 years if they never smiled, never told (or tried to tell) a joke. If they never laughed or showed pleasure at being in your presence would you want to hang around them? I wouldn’t.
How did Jesus do it? He loved us.
In Revelation chapter 2 verse 4 Jesus speaks about first love. When we first fall in love everything is easier, we’re willing to bend more, sacrifice more, we are constantly in communication with the one we love, always wanting to be together, always talking about them. Our relationship with them lights up our life.
Does our relationship with Jesus still light up our lives? Do our faces still shine when we tell somebody about Him? Have we left our first love? If we have, ask Jesus for that first love all over again. Be intentional about spending time with Him. Do something different to make your time with him special. Start sending him little texts/twitters/snapchats (prayers) about your day, ALL day long, just like you did when you first fell in love.
When you delight to spend time with Him, Then you will delight to tell others about Him.