You probably recall Jesus’ story of the prodigal son (Luke 15). At the low point of the story, the prodigal has gone away to a far country and squandered his father’s riches on loose living. He found himself having to take a job feeding pigs; he was so poor and hungry that he longed to eat what the pigs were eating. That sets the stage for this:
“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ – Luke 15:17-19
I emphasized the word “senses” because I wanted to sensitize you to it so you’d look for it in this following verse from the epistle to the Hebrews:
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. – Hebrews 5:13-14
The senses to which God would have us come are our moral senses. Many people are accustomed to live for the pleasure of their physical senses. If such people would only channel that same level of energy into pursuing the pleasure of their moral senses, they would find a joy they have not previously imagined. For this reason, the Scripture says:
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness therefore God…has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.” – Hebrews 1:9
Therefore, if you want joy…do right. That is, come to your moral senses…and act on them.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.