Many Christians can affirm, “I am a member of Christ’s church.” I have been confirmed. “I’ve done my best.” But their hearts aren’t filled with Christ’s total commitment. While He may be their Savior and Lord, He is not yet their Lord. Lord and Savior must always go hand in hand. He is Jesus Christ the Lord.
We were created in God’s image. God has given us the ability to glorify Him. We were made to glorify God. Without God, our lives would be empty. This space can only be filled by surrendering to Jesus Christ. We want instant pleasure. We want it now. Paul stated, “In the final days. . . Men shall be. . . “Lovers of pleasures more than God-lovers” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4). We seek pleasure.
We seek pleasure and happiness. Kicks have a kickback. Paul stated that “She who lives in pleasure is dead while he liveth” (1 Timothy 5:6). You are alive in the physical sense, but you can feel something inside that is dead. It’s your soul, your mind, and you know it. 1 Corinthians 10:6 says that we shouldn’t lust. Peter said, “I beseech all pilgrims and strangers to abstain fleshly lusts that are hostile to the soul.” (1 Peter 2:2).
They fight the soul. They are enemies of the spirit. They oppose God’s relationship. It was so different with William R. Featherstone. He was sixteen years old when he wrote “My Jesus, my Savior, I love you, I know that thou art mine,” (Psalm 16.11).
Forevermore. It is not the enjoyment of a single moment. It is not the enjoyment of an exciting evening, which will soon be over–but forever. We can enjoy this pleasure only when we surrender to our full potential.