When did Christians surrender the idea of fun to the world? When exactly did we earn the reputation of dour, disapproving scolds? Who decided to use the Pharisees as models for Christian living? There is a dearth of true joy evidenced in the life of the average believer, and it’s proof that something has gone very wrong.
Is the Bible Devoid of Fun?
It occurs to me that the joy of the Lord is as difficult to match as His holiness. Is it because we’re so afraid of temptation that we wall ourselves off from pleasure? That we are dismissive of fun? A considerable number of believers refuse to dance. To dance! David danced naked in abandoned worship of God. So free was his heart from the worries of what anyone thought but his God! Can you even imagine being so unencumbered, so rapturously joyful? I’m really not sure I can.
The first miracle Jesus ever performed was to turn about 120 gallons of water into wine at a wedding. That’s a fair amount of wine! And it wasn’t done at the beginning of the wedding feast either. No, the celebration had been going on long enough for them to run out of wine. Jesus could have said, “Mom, everyone’s had a few drinks and no one needs more.” He didn’t though. He also didn’t ask the disciples to determine who was already three sheets to the wind and who wasn’t. He didn’t concern Himself with any of the things that most believers would address. Think this isn’t a fair example? Try to imagine your average Christian going to a liquor store and getting 50 cases of wine for a friend’s wedding reception. Can you see it happening? I really can’t.
Do You Have Fun with Jesus?
Why does this even matter? It matters because a life without joy, without fun is neither natural nor healthy. “We played the flute for you, but you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, but you didn’t mourn!” Joy and grief. A healthy heart will experience a full share of each in this life. Yet we tend to give joy the stink-eye unless it falls under pre-approved categories that aren’t always Biblical. It’s all upside down!
I have fun with Jesus. I truly do! It’s not just peaceful or delightful or contemplative or worshipful when I’m with Him. We have fun, too. And why should we not? Even the animals He created have fun. When was the last time you did something fun with the Lord? When was the last time the two of you just played and enjoyed each other? I know that these are serious times. But on the eve of His betrayal, Jesus joined His disciples for the Passover feast. He could have gathered with them in fasting and austerity, but He didn’t. Instead, they feasted together, one last supper before the horror to come. That’s very significant to me. Does it speak to you?
Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…
Luke 22:15 NKJV