Thieves, Dead Animals and College Football

Well, it’s finally here!  We’ve been waiting all year for this and now the wait is over!  College football season!  Hallelujah!  Wait…did you think I was talking about something else?

It’s interesting how excited we get for football season isn’t it?  Personally, I love the idea of sitting around a grill with some dead animal on it, waiting for the game to come on with a bunch of friends in the fall.  Then there’s the aftermath of the game.  The gloating, the mourning, the denial.  Then we get geared up for next week…because after all, Saturday’s coming!

Now, take that same enthusiasm…that same excitement and apply it to how we live our lives for Christ.  Is it possible to be that enthusiastic about our faith?  I believe it is.  And you’ve probably experienced it before.  Maybe early on in your faith.  Maybe after a big event or an experience.  But somehow we always seem to lose that excitement.  What happens?  Do we just grow bored with Jesus?  Or has something deeper happened?

John 10:10.  Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.”  In other words, our common enemy, the devil, comes to take what we have and destroy it.  If you’ve lost your joy or your excitement or your enthusiasm for Christ, it’s not because life just “happened.”  It’s because you were robbed.  He broke in to your life and stole what belonged to you.

But Christ is not only the Great Redeemer.  He’s the Great Recoverer.  He’s the Great Restorer.  John 10:10 finishes with Jesus’ words about Himself: “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

There is a way to be excited about your faith again.  But it has less to do with you and more to do with Him.  Turn back in His direction and ask Him, like David did, to restore the joy of your salvation.  After all, Sunday’s coming…that’s exciting!

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