Obsession: Now that’s a cool sounding word, sort of. You can say it and make is sound like a bad thing or you can make it sound mysterious and cool. That is pretty much how it can be in real life also. Obsession can be a good thing or it can be very destructive.
First, let’s look at a definition of Obsessed. It is “to have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.” If you sit back and think about this, we have all been obsessed with things. I can get obsessed with a new electronic device like an ipod or a computer (just ask my wife). Everyone gets obsessed with something or even someone every once in a while. But this isn’t the kind of obsession I am talking about. I’m referring to a type of obsession that lasts more than just a few days. The kind that overtakes your life and becomes the most thought about thing in everyday life. I know people who are obsessed with money. I know some who are obsessed with themselves. Many people are obsessed with television, sports, music, food, hunting, or even shopping. We have all heard of people obsessed with pornography, drugs, and all sorts of deviant activities. The list is long. These kinds of obsessions can slowly destroy people’s lives.
After saying all of that, obsession sounds like a bad thing, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be. The Bible tells many stories of people who were obsessed with the things of God. Believe it or not, there are still people who are obsessed with God. They don’t look for recognition or fame because of it, but they are the people who daily seek His face and do everything for His glory and to further the kingdom. It is time for us to become obsessed with God. Becoming obsessed with God isn’t just for some of those radical people you hear about. It’s for you and me. Have your mind excessively preoccupied with God and His Word. As I said in an earlier post, God wants us to love Him wholly, not just with what is left. Let’s change obsession from a potentially devastating thing into a life changing holy thing. Become obsessed with the one who created you. Love Him the way He loves you, unconditionally. Jesus will never leave you or forsake you.
In His Service