Monday, April 5, 2010

Just Make IT FUN!

Far too often I’ve heard young parents talk of how their kids want church to be “fun” and able to keep their attention. Fun is not one of those words often found in the Bible.

As a matter of fact, “fun” is only used in the NIV in regards to the mocking that occurred on the day of Pentecost, when the 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit and the crowd mocked them or made “fun” of them for the supernatural languages they were uttering.

You see the culture we live in demands life to be “fun” and unfortunately it’s often not. That’s right; forget going to church if it’s not fun. Forget reading my Bible if it’s not fun. Forget the prayer meeting if it’s not fun. Take me to Chucky Cheeses! Not church.

But “fun” is never mentioned anywhere in the New Testament. Ever wonder why? Maybe it’s because in the first century life wasn’t much fun. It was substance living and survival under the tyranny of Rome and the Pharisaical order.

Most of us crave some level of fun because we use fun as our Sabbath experience. We cry for or demand to chill out and have fun in life. Yet God never tells us life will be fun. God does promise that life will be just that, life; and that in it self will be full of trials and tribulations.

Have we come so far from the main reason Jesus came that all we are concerned about is having “fun” when it comes to the things of the Kingdom of God? Granted, Jesus told us that He came to give us Life and Life more abundantly, but fun?

Next time you think you want life to be fun, think of all those saints mentioned in Hebrews 11. No fun there, just lots of FAITH.

Maybe we should JUST MAKE IT FAITH… and forget the fun?

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