There are things in our life that make us happy. Food, cars, sports, travel, TV programs, musicals, concerts, etc. We love them and we enjoy them so much. We invest a lot of time and money for this pleasure. Because through these things, we feel the joy of life, and we feel that our life is richer.
But the Bible says that those who love pleasure will become poor. This is not to say that we should not love any pleasures in the world. I means that we do not pursue only the pleasures of the world without loving God and enjoying God. We are not people who put our joy first in God. Our priority is God. Loving God and pleasing Him should be our number one priority in our lives because we were created for God (Psalm 37:4; Revelation 4:11; Isaiah 43:21).
There were people in Christianity who practiced abstinence for it. They devoted themselves to their prayer life in the desert or wilderness. The only thing they ate was harsh food, and the bed and clothes they wore were all very poor. People admired them for living a life that ordinary people could not even imitate. People called them saints. People gathered around them and formed a monastery. Those who pursued asceticism actually wanted to put God first and to find joy from Him.
I'm not saying we should all be ascetics. We should be able to please God and be able to rejoice in God. The more we love God, the greater joy and joy that fills our souls. We must pursue God more than others and live for Him. Then, God becomes the great source of pleasure for us.
Are you living with God as your priority? Do you experience the joy and pleasure that God fills you with?
Pastor Yosub Namgung
Reading for this week: August One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online