“Restore me with the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:12 ESV
So many people have lost their passion for Jesus. They’re passionate about their church, about philanthropic opportunities, and they’re passionate about their Christian community, but they’re neglecting the object of their love. Religious activities can consume your life and still have nothing to do with Jesus or that with which He consumes Himself. Nothing we do in His name matters when we’ve lost our passion for the only thing that matters. Love, grace, mercy… It’s damaging to engage in a Jesus-branded culture when the perspective of “why” is obscure. There is such a thing as a person being more harmed than helped by much of the church environment.
There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about your church. It’s kind of like being passionate about your company or school or other informed choices you make. It’s fine. It’s just not the point.
What is “the joy of your salvation” and why would you need to be upheld with a “willing spirit”?
“I know how bad I’ve been, my sins are staring me down.” – Psalm 51:3 MSG
Don’t move so far away from that moment that you completely forget what lifted you into the purpose you’re trying to fill in. Everything is most clear when you are wrecked with thanks.
“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” – Psalm 51:13 ESV
Your purpose is to use your eye-witness account to show others the Jesus you met when you were at your worst. The most powerful perspective is the one where there is no question about who gets credit for what.
Don’t get so caught up in how awesome you are. Trust me, we all know how awesome you are. Don’t get so far away from “the joy of your salvation” that you start thinking the awesome is coming from you.
Like an old married couple, how about you revisit the days when everything was exciting and you fed off the tension of possibility.
“Smooth seas do not make good sailors.” This is a journey. Failures are not the end. Rise stronger and help the others. He’ll uphold you with a willing spirit.