"The Pleasure of His Company, A Journey to Intimate Friendship with God"
is a wonderful book by Dutch Sheets.
The author shows that God desires a close relationship with
us, but that we have to know Him first. I love how Sheets describes Jesus:
Words are inadequate
to describe Christ’s attributes, abilities, intellect and accomplishments. He
was, and is, breathtaking yet calming, all-powerful but gentle, unsearchably
wise though humble, and awe-inspiring while completely approachable. Perfection
defines Him, intrigue surrounds him and eternity is in Him.
He is boundless love,
everlasting joy, and the Prince of Peace. Oxymorons are necessary to describe
Him, since He is God-man, both human and divine. Incredibly, He’s the Ancient
of Days, is forever new, and exists in a perpetual now. His nature contradicts
every natural law of time, space, and physics. He is the paradox of all
paradoxes, and yet in Him there is no duplicity or inconsistency. When a famous
leader named Moses asked Him His name, He simply said, “I AM.” Whatever you
need, I AM is. Words fail.
Young people and old,
male and female, rich and poor, moral and immoral – they all found Jesus
interesting. He was so magnetic and gentle in His personality that children
loved and trusted Him. He was so genuine and caring at heart that immoral women
confessed to Him their sordid and painful pasts. On one occasion, a shamed
prostitute found deliverance, cleansing, self-worth and destiny as she bathed
Christ’s feet with her tears. But He was so overpowering in his masculinity and
multifaceted in His gifts that both intellectual businessmen and coarse, tough
fishermen left their careers at His simple invitation to “follow Me.”
Grown men fell before
Jesus in worship and anointing oil worth thousands of dollars was poured upon
His feet. A multitude of men, women and children – yes children – sat for days
at a time listening to Him teach. Families loved having Him in their homes, men
liked hiking and camping with Him and scholars enjoyed picking His brain – when
He was only 12 years old!
Many more books have
been written concerning Him than about any other person and people sit for
hours writing songs about Him. Storms obeyed His commands. His spit healed
blind eyes and His touch cured leprosy. He walked on water and through walls.
He turned water into wine and multiplied by thousands a few fish and loaves of
bread. He raised the dead. Demons fled from Him. When He died the sun stopped
shining and the earth shook. Death however didn’t hold Him and His resurrection
was so powerful it spilled over onto other dead people, raising them from the
dead! His eyes are like fire; his voice is like a waterfall. Angels worship
Him; rulers cast their crowns at His feet. He created everything…with just His
words. And He keeps the universe operating in perfect order …with just His
The book is like a warm hug. It’s also a kick in the pants
to do our part. In another chapter Sheets writes, “Being a part of God’s
household, having a church home, or being in a family where God is served and
honored is important and wonderful, but not enough. Sooner or later you’ll need
to graduate from His house to His face; from knowing Him as someone else’s God
to experiencing Him as your own. Only then will the promise of His company in
heaven become the pleasure of His company here on earth. Don’t wait another
This book is a wonderful tool for Christians and you will
want to keep the prayers at the end of each chapter close by to pray often.
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