Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
People often seem to think that God, or the notion of God and faith is nothing but a killjoy, when in reality, God is the author of all joy. God wants us to enjoy life, to enjoy him, to enjoy each other, to enjoy creation. We should, if we don’t have good reasons not to, be able to enjoy a drink if we like, to feast, to have fun, or the old term I like better, merriment. Of all people on earth we who are God’s people ought to enjoy life the most.
Of course we follow our Lord in the way of the cross, in the way of death and resurrection. And for us, we will indeed fast (not that I do it much if at all anymore, though I probably ought to) or make sacrifices, the biggest of all being the sacrifice of ourselves to God through Jesus’ sacrifice for us, living as those whose lives are completely given over to Jesus and the gospel in the good and perfect will of God.
But we need to celebrate as well, actually celebrating in a way no others can since we are those who through death experience something of the very life of God, something we are to take hold of with all of our will and might in this life. Which includes confession of our sin as we inevitably fall short of that. But continuing on come what may.
Enjoying God’s goodness given to us everywhere actually in and through Jesus.
The post which spurred these thoughts: Boredom and a Whole Lot More… by R.J. Snell.