We desperately want a fulfilled life. Yes, all of us. Without exception.
Yes, I’m happy with our new son. But this joy was immediately crushed by the stress of dealing with monotonous household chores and of the difficulty of making adjustments in our family dynamics.
God revealed to me the problem of my own heart. I was longing for what I do in the ministry because it brings me fulfillment. As a gracious reminder, God has taught me that I cannot find ultimate fulfillment in the ministry. I can’t even find it in my family. I can find it in Jesus, only in Jesus.
That is why one Thursday evening, a very ordinary one, while washing the dishes (not while preaching or leading the church), I prayed, “I love you, Jesus.” That same night, after tucking my eldest son to bed, I wrote in my journal:
I just can’t believe what happened tonight. I was washing the dishes and I suddenly told Jesus, without planning or premeditation, “I love you, Jesus.” Well, that was unusual for me. I love him, yes. But part of my heart problem is expressing that devotion to him. I know it was from the Spirit. Oh, what joy, what glory this was. It was such a glorious few seconds of joy and delight in my Lord. Oh, how I long for this not to end. I want to want to love him all of my days. Whatever I’m doing I will do because I love you, Jesus, and primarily because you love me first. May all those around me, my wife, my kids, my church, my neighbors, and my friends all love you although they don’t see you, that they may feel that you are real and you are present and there is no other love in this world more satisfying than yours.
This is an excerpt from part 3 of the sermon series The Story of Jesus based on the story of Luke 2:21-52. I encourage you to listen to this sermon. You can also read and download this sermon. I also urge you to share this message to your friends.
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