Today I want to go on a new tangent from the Breakaway material and change it up a little bit. I want to talk about pleasure and how we as broken people put pleasure before God. To start off, take a look at II Timothy 3:1-5. My favorite part of that passage that I want to stress on is in Verse 4: “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”.
The divorce rate in our country is between 40-50%, which means almost half of marriages (Christian and non-Christian) end in divorce. This is outrageous, but what is the biggest reason for people (especially Christian couples) getting a divorce? It’s because they love themselves more than they love their spouse. Our society today thinks that “taking time to love YOURSELF” is a perfectly good solution when we have hard times in a relationship. In reality, this is the PROBLEM! We are more in love with OURSELVES than the people around us. Whether it be spouses, family members, friends, or even total strangers. The love that we have for people should be birthed from the faith we have in God, and that love should OVERFLOW to everyone that surrounds us. Instead, we choose to do what makes ME the happiest. What will be easier on ME. What will make ME feel better. We keep all that love that should be overflowing, to ourselves.
“I think I will skip out on helping the church with that event they are doing because I just have had a bad day”
“I don’t think I’m going to go talk to that guy/girl today because I don’t feel like going over there and asking them how their day is going”
“I don’t think I’m going to read my Bible today, because I have a little bit of homework to do.”
“I think I’m going to go to the movies rather than that bible study someone asked me to go to, because it’ll be more fun.”
These and many others are the excuses/decisions we make because we think it will be easier/more pleasureful on ME. We completely disregard what God wants us to do. A simple question that we can all ask ourselves is this: “Am I living day-to-day by what pleases God? Or by what pleases me?”. I know my answer to that is not what it should be. What is yours? Chris Osborne says the best way to to fix this problem in your life is to pray and ask God to teach you “how wide, how long, how high, and how deep” he loves you. (Ephesians 3:18) Ponder that, learn from it, and remember not to love pleasure more than you love God.