Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our thought for today: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Get your fix”
According to “The Dictionary of Idioms” the slang term “to get your fix” means to obtain an adequate amount of something you desperately need or something you are addicted to or compulsive about. In the most pejorative use of the term we sometimes hear of drug addicts seeking their next fix of whatever it is they’re addicted to. Late at night I usually find myself needing a fix of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
The term is also used in positive ways though. Not long ago one of our church members arrived for Sunday school. I greeted her and asked how she was doing. She rolled her eyes and said “Pastor, it has been such a hard week. I really need my fix.” Confused, I asked her what she meant by “her fix”. She said, “I need my fix of the love of Jesus. I need to be loved-on by my church family!”
That gal was exactly right. She knew exactly what she needed and she knew exactly where to get it. If you’re a member of a good church family then you know what she was talking about. Experiencing an overwhelming expression of the love of Jesus is like refreshing spring water on a hot dry day. It is like soothing ointment on an itchy rash. It’s like a good shoulder massage for your aching muscles.
The people of God are the hands and feet of Jesus and so the experience of the love of Jesus comes from being around joy-filled, joy-full Christians who love each other and who are eager to show it. This is one of the reasons God wants every Christian to be part of a good church family and to then be faithful in your attendance to the gatherings of your church. Not only do you need to be there for yourself, but you need to be there for others. They will be a conduit for the love of Jesus to flow to you, and you will be a conduit for the love of Jesus to flow to them.
Life can be hard. We all have stuff we’re dealing with, stuff that can be oppressive and which can weigh us down. Church is the cool breeze in your week; it’s the spiritual shoulder massage you’ve been longing for. Being in church is a time of renewal and refreshing, it empowers you to keep dancing as you deal with the challenges in your life.
Paul’s words of blessing to his readers in Romans 15:13 is also my prayer for you. Come to church tomorrow and get your fix of love, joy, hope, and peace.