Our staff eats lunch together on Tuesdays as part of our weekly staff meeting and review. We enjoy the company and of course eating. Our Church Ministries Pastor, AJ Fagan writes a food blog at http://www.metrodetroitfoodie.blogspot.com and of course asks us for our opinion. We enjoy it. AJ has raised our dining out experience to a whole new level of, well, food critics. After lunch it is fun giving Pastor AJ our “review.” AJ looks for quality!
One of our former staff pastors, Rick Beaudrie, once told me, “You look for quality and I look for quantity.” He took me to one of his favorite “dives.” You better believe there was quantity but absolutely no quality. The best thing about that trip was Rick’s company, which is always enjoyable and humorous.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post. The blessed life consists of a healthy appetite for God. I worship Him because He is the Lord! However I am blessed to praise Him. He loves us. He is not an insecure egotist looking in a mirror, “Who is the fairest of them all?” The greatest gift He can give us is Himself and the privilege of enjoying Him forever.
Ask me about my wife and children. I love to talk about them, I enjoy them. Ask me about the congregation I pastor. They are the greatest church, I love doing life with them. Ask me about my travels. I enjoying sharing stories of the exciting places in the world I’ve preached in. Especially the amazing things that God has done.
Do you enjoy God? Do you enjoy His presence? If you honestly can’t say yes, then dear friend, there is much more Christianity that what you have experienced! Two weeks ago, one of the men, I pastor, who is going through a very difficult trial, sent me a note. He said, “I can’t explain it but during the service, this amazing peace of God just settled over me. I know I will make it because of His presence.”
I enjoy His presence. It’s one of those remarkable things that is hard to explain, that we human beings can experience the presence of the Lord. The presence of the Lord is a cause for joy, strengthens us body, soul and spirit, is assurance of victory, brings the gift of peace, and the forgiveness of sin.
I’m praying for you this weekend, that you will take a step of faith and worship Him with all your heart and be blessed.
In His presence there is quality that can be criticized and quantity there never runs out!
Drench us O Lord this weekend with your Holy Spirit. We will sing and rejoice in your presence (Psalm 68:4). Amen
Peace, Joy and Love in Abundance!