“I enjoy your company.”

Because life is too short to mess around, I admit, I’ve asked a guy frankly on more than one occasion, “What’s your intention?” The conversations are never fun, never comfortable, and never feel very fruitful. But it scratches the itch, gives them the opportunity to ‘fess up, and lets me let my heart move on. In about 98% of these conversations I hear this one line: I enjoy your company, but…

This past weekend JR Vassar spoke at a conference for the home-group leaders at my church. He spoke on the Trinity and it was, let me tell you, enjoyable. It was heady and theological, it was convicting and reassuring, and it was life-giving and healing, but more than anything else, it was enjoyable.

He spoke about enjoying the gospel and never have I wanted to simply enjoy someone enjoying the gospel before as I did him. He’s a brilliant guy with a deep love for Jesus and the Word, he obviously loves my church family and my pastors deeply, he’s the pastor of a church plant in my native north—what is not to enjoy about this guy? But see, he wasn’t talking about enjoying him, he was talking about enjoying the gospel—a different thing altogether.

This week, this month, I’ll tell you, it’s been hard to enjoy the gospel. There are some things weighing on me, family, time management, book details, the heaviness of my job, homesickness, tight finances, roommates, sleep, these things push in and crowd out my joy quickly.

I’ve started to enjoy things and people who enjoy the gospel, but it’s not the same is it? It’s not the same as enjoying the gospel. Enjoying the depth and richness that exists in being rescued from the clutches of death, covered with the righteousness of Christ, and called a son or daughter of a King. There’s joy there, right there, sitting in that.

Yet I’m too busy enjoying the substitute instead of The Substitute, the creation instead of the Creator, the friend instead of the Groom.

But He’s truly is the better choice. He is.

So here’s my question to you today: what or who are you enjoying today?

Are you enjoying the company of a girl or guy because you haven’t found “the one?” Are you enjoying religious things instead of God Himself? Are you enjoying the attention of your children, your readers, or even your spouse instead of dwelling deepest on the enjoyment that God has in you and you can have in Him?

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15 responses to [PURE?] ENJOYMENT

  1. Phew! Convicting. I can so relate to the substitute vs. Substitute!

  2. Ugh. That one kills me too…He is SO good to us!

  3. GOOD stuff. Gracias for this!

  4. So good, so true, and very similar to what I walked away with after the conference. I am in a place that I could easily say “Done! I’m checking out. This is all too much to handle” but I refuse to do it. Enjoying the Gospel – with the Spirit, by Jesus Christ, because of the Father’s great love – is my weapon against apathy and despondency. Thanks, friend.

  5. Love that you’re able to name the dark battles of your soul. Sometimes I’m just too mindless to even name the things that plague me and steal my joy. Love you friend! Wish I’d seen you this weekend! There were SO many people there…

  6. Again, great job.

  7. Thanks girl! I need to get back to your message—I’m waiting on a few details, but I will get back to you =) Promise!

  8. Love you & miss seeing you!

  9. Oh, those questions. I suppose it was the confirmation I needed for one particular area of my life. Yikes.

  10. yeah…I feel like they’re the questions I need to ask for all particular areas of my life =) Ha!

  11. Oh my gosh. Reading this was like trying to finish a workout you wanted to quit. That last paragraph…dang.
    I don’t make up your target audience. I’m a single Daddy of 2 amazing boys’. But this hits at some really weak areas of my heart as a guy and single parent. Thank you for leading with your weakness. It’s encouraged me to continue to expose all of mine.

  12. @clint,

    You’d actually be surprised what my target audience is =) It’s about half and half gender, lots of singles, married, all ages, single parents and grandparents. I’m always surprised by who’s reading! So thanks for reading =)

    Keep leading well, exposing weaknesses, and parenting well. Thanks for reading!

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