Summary: The abundant Christian life cannot be taken for granted, but must be intentional. The key to the abundant Christian life is a radical focus on Jesus Christ.
The focus today is on the Christian. The whole book of Song of Solomon deals with the Bride of Christ. Nothing in this book has anything at all to do with the non-Christian.
Applying anything in this book to the non-Christian is completely wrong. As a Christian, God has things to say to me that the worldly person can never hear or understand.
This is a source of frustration with the non-believer.
With this said, let me also say that in the Christian community there are a variety of levels. The same is true for every Christian.
In talking to the seven churches, Jesus has this to say about the church in Ephesus.
“4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:4-5).
There are many levels and degrees of Christians and I believe it is important for everyone to find out where they are in this regard. Most Christians are experiencing an unsatisfied life. The abundant Christian life as many refer to, is not the normal in many Christian churches.
Once, Christianity influenced the culture.
Now, the culture is influencing Christianity.
This has caused great unsettling of many Christians and brings them to a point of dissatisfaction in their Christian life. The culture can never satisfy the heart longing for God.
The problem with the church in America is the majority of Christians are living an unsatisfied life and are trying to substitute it with aspects of the world. No longer does it have the influence it once had.
Theme…The abundant Christian life cannot be taken for granted, but must be intentional. The key to the abundant Christian life is a radical focus on Jesus Christ.
In the true Christian experience there is a longing for fellowship with God. Notice how the bride expresses it here.
Song of Solomon 1:2-4 – 2 “May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. 3 Your oils have a pleasing smell. Your name is like oil poured out. So the young women love you. 4 Take me away with you, and let us run together. The king has brought me into his room.
“We will have joy and be glad because of you. We will praise your love more than wine. They are right to love you.”
Several things are involved in this “unsatisfied Christian life.” The more we know about it the more we can correct it in our own life and experience the fullness of God in Jesus Christ.
I. The Unsatisfied Life Begins with Delusion
This is really where it all begins. Delusion is not built on a lie; rather it is built on partial truth.
A con man (confidence man) builds his con on truth, especially truth people want to hear. The problem is, although what they say is true, it is not the total picture.
This is what is happening in Christianity today. If you listen, in particular, many of the preachers on TV are using a con to get people to give them money. They take Scripture and pull it out of context and make it say something that God never intended to say.