Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘falling in love’? I have. Many people will say that they ‘fell in love’ with someone, or they ‘fell out of love’ with someone. This is a ridiculous phrase, however. Love is not something that you fall ‘in’ or ‘out’ of. Love simply is. Love is a constant reality because God is a constant reality. God is love.
When people say that they fell ‘into love’, or fell ‘out of love’, they really mean to say something quite different. I’d like to propose that we change this phrase to mean something a bit more accurate. Instead of saying that we fell into, or out of, ‘love’, let’s say this:
We fell into, or out of, ‘delight’.
As you may know, our society is in the midst of a heated debate concerning guns. One side wants more restrictions on the ability of people to purchase and operate firearms in order to cut back on gun violence, and the other side opposes these restrictions. Many who oppose these tighter restrictions site history as their concern. In the past, when governments of other countries have sought to end private gun ownership, it usually began incrementally with tighter gun restrictions until most weapons were eventually banned outright. According to gun control opponents, this allowed tyrannical governments to take away the freedoms of their societies. With that said, I’d like to jump into the discussion about gun control.
- There actually is a conspiracy underway to take away your most powerful and feared weapon.
- If you lose this powerful weapon, you will live as a slave.
- If you lose this weapon, you will starve to death.
- If you lose this weapon, you will lose the essence of life.
- If you lose this weapon, you will become frustrated and hopeless.
The Secret Weapon of ‘Delight’
Do you remember when you first fell in love…I mean, do you remember when you first fell into ‘delight‘? Think about it. Something awoke inside of you. The little things that used to bother you no longer bothered you. Your mind and thoughts began to be continually turned toward the delight that you saw in another person. This ‘delight’ put a spring in your step. This ‘delight’ caused you to become creative & more expressive. Songs on the radio and movies you watched made you think of this person in whom you were ‘delighted’.
The relationship between you and the person with whom you were delighted had a seemingly unbreakable bond. You could overlook their faults. As a matter of fact, you were mysteriously blind to most of their faults that others pointed out to you. You noticed the little things that made them beautifully unique, and you marveled in wonder at them. Nothing could put a wedge between you and the person you were ‘delighting’ in.
Then a tragedy occurred.
Somewhere along the way, you lost sight of your secret weapon. Someone seemed to ‘turn the light off’ and your delight was gone. Your eyes were opened to another realm. You began to see issues and problems. You unknowingly began to become frustrated with your perception of people and situations, so you began trying to correct and change them. This didn’t work. You lost hope. Life began to become heavy again as you carried the chains of a slave. You looked for an escape.
Unfortunately, this needless scenario plays out repeatedly because we lose sight of the secret weapon of ‘delight’. Although we have pictures of delight in the world’s system, true delight is found only in Christ. Delight is literally our ‘meal ticket’ in the kingdom of God, and this is why a conspiracy is underway to take this secret weapon away from you by distracting you from it.
The truth is, we have been hardwired for love. Love is our food & drink. Love is the air we breathe. Without love, we’ll die. True transformation occurs when we ‘see’ love. (2 Cor. 3:18)
‘Delight’ is our ability to see love.
We have come to know that love is personified in the person of Jesus Christ. Thankfully, we have been placed into this person who is love. In Christ, we have been given the proper tools to recognize love. This tool (weapon) is ‘delight’.
‘Delight’ is our new eyes in Christ.
For those who desire to commune with others in a shared life community (New Testament church), delight is essential for a couple of reasons.
1. ‘Delight’ transcends conflict.
There are times that my wife and I have strong disagreements. Many times during these arguments, something strange and supernatural will occur in the midst of my anger and frustration. I will catch a glimpse of her beauty. At the most inopportune of times, I begin to delight in her. Suddenly, the issue we have been fighting about begins to seem like a second grade playground dispute. It’s funny how delight can transcend conflict even when the conflict never gets resolved ‘practically’.
2. ‘Delight’ is the key to intimacy.
A shared life community (ekklesia) is made up of intimate relationships. My time of being immersed into this kind of a community has taught me something profound. We have truly been given the ability to delight in our brothers and sisters! When we look at our brothers and sisters through the lens of ‘delight’, we begin to see and partake of love (Christ). This love transforms us. Delighting in our brothers and sisters allows us to see and intimately interact with the life of Christ within them. We desire to commune with those we ‘delight’ in.
Did you know that every time you see a brother or sister, you have the ability to delight in them? Delight is our supernatural choice that cannot be taken from us.
Did you know that delighting in another is not dependent on anything the other may or may not do?
Did you know that no situation that can occur to you in life is dark enough to keep you from ‘delighting’ in the light that shines in and through the darkness? (John 1:5)
If you notice your mind being preoccupied, a spring in your step, a message of love in each song or film you watch, and a strong desire to be with your brothers and sisters, don’t be alarmed. You are simply reclaiming the secret weapon of delight.