People think that turning to Jesus will take all the fun out of life. But
when you come to Jesus your capacity for joy is vastly increased. Sin
only deadens us and saps our life, whereas Christ fills us with wonder
and purpose.
G. Campbell Morgan tells of meeting as a boy an older man who had been converted to Christ through the ministry of his father. A few days after the man’s conversion, Morgan encountered him in a garden. He was holding something small and was looking into his hand with a face full of wonder. Morgan asked him what it was, and with a voice filled with awe the man showed him a leaf that had fallen from a tree. “The beauty of God,” he exclaimed. Even as an older man, he had been awakened to the wonder of life!
In contrast is the experience of Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. He turned his back on God and committed himself to secular humanism. His biography reveals that in so doing he lost his taste for life. As Darwin grew older, he admitted that he could no longer get anything out of poetry, music, or art. Life lost its flavor and he lived out his days in a world without wonder or joy.
The Bible is full of exclamations like: taste and see the Lord is good! The Joy of the Lord is our strength! The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies show his handiwork. The Lord has filled my heart with joy!
Sometimes we are like children who want to go on making mud pies in the slum because we can’t imagine what is meant by the offer of an ocean vacation.
-Pastor Dino Griffin