“And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.“
– Luke 2:18-20
Our next series will focus on adoration as we continue to enjoy this Advent season. Let me begin by asking you this question: “What is something that you truly adore?” I think of adoration as an unhurried and deep appreciation for something, where you give worth to it and value it. In most cases, if it’s sincere adoration, it’s usually worth the attention you give to it, making you feel alive!
Unfortunately, today we live in a world where the passion for bad things is going up, but for good things, it’s waning. In the clinical world, there’s a term “anhedonia,” which was almost nonexistent before, but now it’s being used more frequently. It means the inability to experience pleasure. For these people, particularly young folks, this affliction makes it very hard to enjoy something that’s absent of bright lights or loud sounds. They don’t enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like fishing, going for a walk, or having a meaningful conversation with a friend. The problem with all these things that we adore, whether sports heroes, groups we belong to, or people, all things fade away. Don’t they? All things rust and decay except for one thing!
Friend, that one thing is the Kingdom of God! We can fix our adoration on the Lord Jesus and the Kingdom of God, which is inside us right now. God’s goodness will never fade. There is no better time than this Christmas season to adore Jesus, our Lord, and Savior!
Father, show me how to focus my adoration on Jesus. Thank you that your goodness will never fade.
Do you find it hard to enjoy the simple pleasures of life? How can you refocus on the goodness of God?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.