“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”
If you aren’t one yourself, you probably know someone who is a football enthusiast. You should see such people when they are watching a match; their entire bodies and emotions are involved. And it’s okay.
The problem is when it is excessive and commands even greater delight than your delight in God. The things of God should effortlessly command your delight.
Many people’s picture of the Christian experience is simply a dutiful one, but God would have you delightful. All through the Bible, love for God and fellowship with the brethren are described as delightful.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”
There is a disposition you have to things that you enjoy, even when they involve work. If you enjoy cooking, you can spend hours upon hours in a hot kitchen and still feel blissful.
If you like to work out, the gym might seem like pleasure to you. If you like to play an instrument, you could spend hours practicing and not realize that you haven’t eaten.
You should have an even greater disposition to the things of God. Prayer time should be something you look forward to.
Going to church should be something you wouldn’t miss for the world. Evangelizing to others should be something you look upon with joy. Let your emotions go in the direction of God’s spirit on your inside.
SAY THIS: I delight myself in the things of God. Nothing else excites me more than living for Christ.