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Conversations over the past weeks have touched on . . .

Delight in Jesus

Cultivating passion

Enjoying God

Finding our hearts captured by Jesus

Pressing beyond just “going through the motions”

Not only are such thoughts on my heart, but they are continually coming up in conversations I am having with other friends and followers of Jesus. So, I continue to discuss and explore and to think and to pray about just how it is that we can encourage growth in delight in Jesus in our own souls and the lives of our friends.

As I think about these things, I keep coming back to a few things that Jesus said.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)

There is a progression evident in these words:

Treasure is what draws the heart. The heart drawn pursues the treasure. The treasure obtained results in joy.

If I am not vigorously running after Jesus it is because I am not tasting joy. If I am not tasting joy it is because my heart is not finding in him what it wants. If my heart is not finding in Jesus what it wants it is because I do not see the treasure that he is. This is not a “magic formula” for joy in Jesus, but it is real progression that we all experience.

I can not “will” joy. Nor can I merely “intend” my heart to pursue Jesus in joy. So given this progression how can we cultivate joy in Jesus?

We can fight to see the treasure that he is. We can be attentive to what he reveals about himself, be alert to how he shows himself in life and in Scripture. We can watch to catch a glimpse of glory and grace and splendor. We can make much of Jesus in the presence of our friends. We can mutually magnify all that Jesus is. We can, by looking, raise Jesus’ “treasure quotient” in our hearts and as we do that . . .

We will see Jesus as “treasure-ful.” Seeing Jesus as “treasure-ful” we will run after him. Running after him as our treasure we will find him to be “all that”. And finding Jesus to be “all that” we will experience life with him as joy.

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2 Comments

  1. Amen! Beautifully written truth!

  2. Fighting to SEE and SHOW the Treasure that HE IS!!!


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