Pastors get lots of interesting questions. You be the pastor for a minute and answer this one I once received:
Does God like to have fun? What does God do for fun?
What would you say? To me, it’s a sad commentary on our Christianity when someone even has to ask the first question. But both questions deserve an answer, or at least a thought. Here, for what it’s worth, is mine. Click on the comments link below and share yours.
Does God like to have fun? You bet he does! Have you ever seen a platypus? Or a puppy? Or a picture of me?
Does God like to have fun? Of course! Why else would he put two sisters in the same family, and give one straight blonde hair and the other one curly dark hair? In fact, why else would He create everybody so differently?
Does God like to have fun? You bet! Have you ever noticed that when God makes people, or puppies, or even a platypus, one of the first things they learn is how to laugh and play? It’s just sad that over the course of time we forget that.
Does God like to have fun? Absolutely. How else can you explain the fact that He created stars larger than the sun that we will never even discover, much less see? What other explanation can there be for the mere existence of certain people (who will remain nameless)? Find this verse in your Bible: “He who sits on His Throne laughs…” Why else would Jesus say that his Kingdom was composed of people who had child-like qualities?
Fun for people comes from three places, and since we are created in His image, I think it’s pretty safe to say that God’s fun-loving side touches these three areas as well.
Anticipating something exciting is usually as fun, if not more fun, than the actual event. It’s also fun to help other people anticipate. God has fun by allowing us to anticipate what is to come in eternity. Think how long it has been since Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions. I’m going to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again…”
When you do things that are new, faster, riskier, or an escape from the routine, you are having fun. And the fun-loving God loves adventure, too. I don’t think that God has hobbies, but He has created a masterpiece of a universe for His pleasure.
Fun is wrapped up in people. Usually our anticipation and our adventure is made complete by somebody we care about. Fun is rooted in fellowship and intimacy. That’s why there was a Garden of Eden, and why there will be a heaven. That’s why Jesus had twelve disciples, who were all so very different. That’s why we may have some fun by ourselves, but not for very long.
D. W. Lambert recalls a boyhood memory that taught him a powerful lesson. His mother was preparing tea for a group of ministers. At one point “gales of laughter” rolled out of the study where the guests had been talking. Said Lambert, “I. . . looked shocked, thinking that such holy men should not indulge in laughter. My mother, with quiet insight, remarked, `When God makes you holy, He gives you a sense of humor.‘”
The next time you hear His voice, regardless of the means of delivery, remember this – it brings great pleasure to the God of Heaven to reveal His will, His heart, and His secrets to you. Trust me – when you’re listening, He’s having a blast.
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