Sunday, March 25, 2012
Discipleship Means All of Me
Do you enjoy God? Psalm 37:4 tells us that we are to delight ourselves in the Lord. The Septuagint translation (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) has the most marvelous rendering of these words: "Indulge thyself with delight in the Lord."
Indulging in some things is not good for us, but oh so tempting. Eating just a little of that half gallon of ice cream residing in your freezer is sometimes hard to do. Eat the whole half-gallon and you’ll know it. You’ll feel sluggish, irritable, and probably sick to your stomach. One thing you’ll know is that it wasn’t worth it.
Indulging yourself in the Lord is never a bad thing. You can’t spend enough time with Him once you come to know how very much He loves you, what He has done for you, and what wonderful things He plans to do in your life.
Can you be half-pregnant?
Can you be half-married?
Do you like your food half-cooked, your pizza half-baked?
Discipleship calls for a total commitment. You can’t do it half-way. When you come to truly know God and His character, you won’t want to. So go ahead and indulge yourself with delight in the Lord. You will never be sorry that you made this commitment. And as you grow, you will naturally want to share what you have learned with others. That’s God way.
[excerpt from Disciples in Action: young Adult Curriculum]