A man had just had his annual physical exam and was waiting for the doctor’s initial report. After a few minutes, the doctor came in with his charts in his had and said, “There’s no reason why you can’t live a completely normal life as long as you don’t try to enjoy it.”
I see a lot of Christians who must see that same doctor. They are trying to live out their faith each day, but they certainly are not enjoying it. In fact, I’m not sure they believe they can. Many Christians must believe that if something is Christian it can’t possibly be fun or exciting or anything else other than dull and boring. Why else do so many in the church look like they are drinking lemon juice.
The telling words of the doctor’s statement are “normal life.” Too many Christians are trying to be “normal” instead of Christian. They are trying to fit in with the world around them. They are trying to get by in life and coast along. Or perhaps they are trying to hard and not trusting. They have either forgotten or never learned that the Christian life is a life of trusting Christ’s and not trying to get Him to let us into heaven. We need to remember that God loves us, so stop working so hard to get Him to like you.
We will never experience the full joy of Christ until we are willing to drink deeply of his grace and trust in Him.
The choice is ours: we can live a normal life or we can live a life we can enjoy.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NIV)