Have you ever been around Christians who seemed like they were weaned on a dill pickleSad to say, I’m talking about the kind of believer who when they walk into a room it feels like somebody turned out the lights.
You know the kind I’m talking about. . .wound so tight. . .they’d spin forever if they were a top.
I’ve actually had conversations with people who feel that’s the proper demeanor for a believer. . .somber and introspective. However, that’s not what the Word of God says.
Deuteronomy 28:47-48 in the New Living Translation says:
“If you do not serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything. . .”
This verse begins. . .
1. Serve the Lord your God with joy
Joy is an inward work. It comes from having an inner peace birthed due to obedience and trust.
Proverbs 16:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”
When the mind and heart line up in obedience to His instructions. . .there is joy in your midst.
2. Serve the Lord your God with enthusiasm
Ephesians 6:7 in the New Living Translation says:
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
2 Corinthians 8:7 in the New Living Translation says:
“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.”
3. Praise the Lord your God with gratitude the abundant benefits you have received.
Psalm 35:28 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And my tongue shall talk of Your righteousness, rightness, and justice, and of [my reasons for] Your praise all the day long.”
Our attitude of gratitude for what God has done for us. . .His amazing benefits. . .should be a continual state of mind and speech.
4. Joyfully worship Him.
When I think about joyfully worshipping our great God Jehovah I’m reminded of the song “This Joy I Have” by Shirley Ceasar/
This joy that I have. . .the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away. The song goes on to say that robbers can’t take it away. . .repo men can’t take it away. Hallelujah!!
5. Honor the Lord with your whole heart.
The word honor is in the King James Version of the Bible a total of 178 times and the New Living Translation a total of 366 times.
If God says something once…it’s important to Him. If he says something hundreds of times. . .we’re better pay attention to what He’s saying.
1 Samuel 2:30 in the New Living Translation says:
“Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi would always be my priests. But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.”
Honor is respect. Honor is giving credit where credit is due.
6. Praise the Lord for making you wealthy.
1 Corinthians 1:26 in the New Living Translation says:
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.”
Always remember who made you wealthy.
Deuteronomy 8:18 says:
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Praise the Lord for it is He who gives you wealth and the power to get it.
7. Practice the first six reasons or you’ll experience the consequences of your lack of obedience.
Number 11:1 says:
“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.”
What displeases the Lord? Complaining!
The scripture is very clear that God feels complaining is evil. It says God also got angry. That’s probably not something we want to do . . . make God angry. And you never will…as long as you obey Deuteronomy 28:47-48 and that’s what I call some Rich Thoughts.