Whoever said life was supposed to be fun?Bro. David Chancellor
8/10/2003 6:00 PM
The word fun is not in the Bible. Why do you suppose its not in there? God didnt intend that we live so that fun is our sole focus. Were not supposed to spend life just amusing ourselves. We can enjoy life, but it doesnt mean we spend our lives seeking enjoyment. If we live as God would have us to, there can be good accomplished even in the times when we do have fun.
1 Peter 4:1-5
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
Arm yourselves with the same mind that Christ had. Christ came and went through difficult things for our benefit. We may go through difficult times but we can find enjoyment even during those times. The battles arent enjoyable, but there is true enjoyment when a difficult thing has been accomplished. Jobs arent always pleasant. Theres usually something difficult there. Dont quite go on through the hard things. Pleasure can be found in being able to endure some things. Our lives need to be lived to accomplish Gods purpose. Before our lives were lived to please others and ourselves in excesses, etc. Were thankful that this is past. This is the kind of life lived by those just trying to have fun. These will work very hard at having fun. They ask, are we having fun yet? The road they travel is a hard road and really doesnt have much pleasure. Some of the most miserable people are the ones that are working at having fun and being happy. Happiness wont be found chasing after trying to have fun. Joy is found in doing good and in doing that which pleases God. Paul said, Godliness with contentment is great gain. Kids view work as fun because they look forward to hearing good job when they get through. This is why a life lived for God has pleasure to it. It may not appeal to the senses, but it has something to look forward to.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Moses made a choice. He had everything handed to him. He saw the cheapness of a life that seeks after pleasure. He decided that hed rather suffer than live for pleasure. He became a leader of Gods people rather than being a Pharaoh. We dont recall too much about the Pharaohs of Moses day. The impact of Moses life is significantly greater. It wasnt smooth sailing for him, but his life gives us the beginning of the Bible. His life wasnt void of pleasure. He was able to come face to face with God. He had a personal interaction with God. It wasnt always easy, but the pleasures he chose were better. God held Moses funeral. God took care of him. Moses made the right choice. He chose the lasting pleasures.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
We trust God because he cares about us. Jesus came to give us life, not fun. We have a life that were plenty happy to live. We can be busy having an abundant life. There is a good life living for God. Life is found in God. God can help us know what to do and why were here. Life lived to have fun has no real purpose. Look at why youre here and what waits ahead. Seek Gods purpose for your life.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore Real joy is found in God. Dont fall into the trap of, Ive gotta have fun. Live out the plan God has for you. Life has a purpose. Its to please God and to glorify him. It is to prepare us for eternity with him. We can live and enjoy the simple pleasures. Life isnt about having fun; its about living for God. Joy, pleasure, and happiness are found in serving God and in living according to his will.