Do we really believe that God enjoys us? If we cannot answer “yes” confidently to this question we will always live short of what He intended. I will step out and say that if we fully believed God enjoyed us we would cut “passionless Christianity” in half , at least. I know, that’s a pretty huge statement.
For some reason we think it’s easier for God to love us then enjoy us. You would assume the if we knew God loved us He would enjoy us by default. Somehow separated the two.
Personally, it’s still a bit of a struggle for me. I lean towards seeing myself standing before the Lord, loved- legally. Grateful for justification, redemption, sanctification and all the positive “tion” words found in the Bible. These are vital and I hold them close to my heart.
But our life in God needs to be much more than the legal transaction of our salvation. I have never married a couple who opted to stay at the altar. Yes, they are legally married but marriage is meant to be experienced. And yes they are going to a big wedding event with wedding favour mint tins. Their legal standing frees them up for intimacy.
Isaiah 62:5 “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
I know many who have grown up being rejected, fearing rejection, not quite making the team, picked last, not promoted, not received – our culture creates it. It has become a learned behavior. But if we come to the Lord we will never be rejected. Better yet, when we understand the truth of His enjoyment of us, our hearts become strong and bold. We become powerful in our identity.
A house increases in value by the simple fact that someone wants it. Value is derived from desirability. Because God desires us we are highly valued and fully enjoyed. There is zero depreciation regarding the value God places on us.
Song of Songs 7:10 “I belong to my lover and His desire is for me”.
Grabbing a hold of this revelation and activating it within our hearts is vital for a One Pursuit Life.
I have listed just a few benefits of knowing we are enjoyed by God. Each benefit is powerful and life-changing in and of itself.
1. When we believe God enjoys us we discover that our lives have extreme value and importance.
We are defined by the One who pursues us. Success is not by our accomplishments but it’s found in the fact that Jesus values and desires us. We are fully known by God and fully enjoyed by Him.
2. When we believe that God enjoys us we dismantle rejection and shame.
Rejection and shame are the two biggest strongholds of the mind. These are shattered and will never again hinder our walk with the Lord.
3. When we believe that God enjoys us we see His correction will not mean rejection.
He corrects us because He desires us. The Lord enjoys us even in our immaturity.
Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the Lord loves, He corrects. Just as a father the son he delights in.”
4. When we believe that God enjoys us we feel as if we are His favorite.
As the Father loves the Son so the Son loves us. This is mind-blowing. God’s love is infinite and impartial. We all can be His favorite. Our longing to be enjoyed is matched by His longing to enjoy us.
John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love.”
I believe that if we begin to declare, “God enjoys me” daily, it will free the heart to seek the Lord more consistently and passionately. So start today. Start now. Go ahead, say it!
Your Turn: How important is the longing to be enjoyed by God in your life and the lives of many in our culture? What are some ramifications of this longing if it goes unmet in our lives?