What Are You Hooked On?

“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” John 15:14 KJV

I listened last night as a woman, who was crying with tears running down her face, told her boyfriend that she could no longer go out with him because he refused to get help for his addiction to drugs. I found these definitions for the word “hooked” in Webster’s Dictionary, “a: addicted to narcotics b: fascinated by or devoted to something (hooked on skiing)”.

God spoke to my heart tonight and said that we need to be hooked on Jesus. Are we hooked on Jesus and are we His friends? If so, how much time do we spend with Him every day? Are we doing what He tells us to do? Are we addicted to our precious Saviour?

There are many things besides narcotics in this word that we become addicted to such as the television set, porno movies and pictures, sports and we can even get hooked on people. It is very dangerous to take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on a person. If we are focusing all of our time and attention on people rather than on Jesus, we are breaking His heart.

When I was a teenager living in Illinois, there was a lady who would not leave her mother’s side. Her mother wasn’t ill. She just wanted to be with her mother all the time because she loved her so much. They lived together, ate together, went to the grocery store together. In fact, they did everything together and went everywhere together. One day, the mother had a heart attack and within ten hours she died. The daughter was overwhelmed with grief and had a nervous breakdown. She had devoted her entire life to her mother and had never taken time for Jesus.

O that we would get hooked on Jesus! I wonder what would happen if every person who claims to be saved and a child of God would spend eight hours a day talking to Jesus. We don’t have to be on our knees with our eyes shut to fellowship with Him. If we aren’t bowing in our hearts before our precious Saviour, then bowing our knees to Him is just a show that we are putting on for others to see.

Jesus is not impressed with our physical position. What touches the heart of our dear Saviour is the condition of our hearts. If our hearts are not right before Him, then He won’t even hear our prayers. It is very arrogant of us to ask Him for anything if we have something in our hearts that hurts Him.

I believe if we would spend more time with Jesus we would see a revival that the world has never known. I think there would be a lot less arguing in our homes and in our places of employment. Our children would be more respectful to us and obedient if they saw the difference Jesus made in our hearts by spending eight hours a day with Him. We might think that it is impossible to spend that much time with Him. If we can spend eight hours a day watching television, we can spend eight hours a day with Him.

Are you hooked on Jesus or are you hooked on the world and all the temptations that are put before you? A person once told me “If it’s important to you then you will make the time to do it”. It all comes down to how much you love Him. If you love Him, then you can make time for Him. How much do you love Jesus? You can say that you love Him. You can fool your family and friends and you can even fool yourself but Jesus sees into your heart and He knows how much you love Him. Again, how much do you love Him? Are you willing to shut off the television and spend time with Him?

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