Posted by on March 24, 2012 | No Comments
It was routine. Every Christian family did it. It was commonplace. Worship in the morning and the Sabbath School lesson at night. Prayers before the day began, at meals and before bed. Everything was as it should have been. Or was it?
Church schools, denominational institutions, churches and beliefs. It was the perfect environment. But after years and years of this Christian agenda, why did many end up leaving the church? I think the answer is in the question. The church at the time focused on what was right and what was wrong. There was little question about what you were doing or thinking not passing the barometer of good sound truth. You were pretty sure whether you fit or whether you didn’t.
Teachings were pretty standard. The life of this or that biblical character. Clear messages about what was/is sin. But rarely would you hear about the personal, engaging relationship of a dedicated child of God. Where were the why’s, what’s and because’s of the pre-formated relationship with God?
It is this seemingly insignificant component that is the most important aspect of our relationship with God. John 14:15 says: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” So how do you fall in love with Jesus? Why would you want to live within the rules of someone who you don’t even know? How can love grow without personal knowledge, communication and dialog? How can we be led if we are not living in submission to He who created and knows all?
After nearly forty years of doing everything my way… God tapped me on the shoulder and said “Hey! Are you ready to really get to know me and develop a relationship with me? Would you like to know why I have asked you to live within my teachings and guidelines?” Because if I was going to get to know Him and fall in love with Him… I was going to need to invest myself in spending time with Him.
As soon as I did, I began to reap the benefits of serving Him inside of a relationship. Under the guidance and conviction of the Holy Spirit, Jesus began to draw me closer to Him and understanding what took place at the cross. The overwhelming clarity of Him loving me so deeply while I was doing everything in my life that shamed Him… humbled me. He became the potter and now I am the clay. With the outpouring of His forgiveness … my stubbornness and resistance was melted. I began to fall in love with Jesus.
It doesn’t make a bit of difference how I live if I don’t know why I am living that way. Communing with God makes it possible to have clarity, understanding and His divine guidance. Things that once as in Romans … says I loved… I know hate. And what I once hated… I now love. Sin is oh so terrible in that its deceptiveness seeks to overturn all the good… all the love … that Jesus wants us to experience.
Without knowing why we do or don’t do something, the Bible loses its authenticity. God isn’t interested in robots. He is not impressed with our ceremonial, ritualistic practices of right doing. These will only result in a “I don’t know you” from God. This is indicative of a huge problem that we are faced with today sitting in church pews right in our midst. Many do not know God. Many are useless to those around them simply because they cannot share what they do not have. An intimate, loving, meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
Without such a relationship, we are ill equipped to help any sinner… let alone each other. God’s call to us is to love one another as He has loved us. But too often we state that God loves us without considering what that has involved. Every rotten aspect of our lives is present in the face of God… and yet…he passionately and tenderly loves us. And again He commands to love one another as I have loved you.
This is a huge call and command from God. We must submit ourselves to Him continually and become humble. With His eyes and Heart and His surpassing love… we asked to model after Him. This includes but is not limited to adulterers, thieves, the pride hearted, the gossiper, the homosexual, the liar…and the list goes on. When sinners see the melting eyes of Jesus through our mimicing behavior of Jesus… they are drawn to the cross. Right at the foot of it where we are all level in sin together. Gathered there at the awe inspiring beauty of what Jesus has provided us by hanging there, bleeding and dying from the heart that we collectively and individually broke.
Our lives and the potential relationship that we can have with Jesus has been hi-jacked by Satan. He says… Thou shalt have no other God’s before thee. Yet we never miss Monday night football. We’re glued to our favorite show and our too tired to spend time with God by the time it is over. We watch all the award shows as people no different than you or I are celebrated as though they possessed some innate perfection and gather praise and applause. And then many of us sit there wishing we were the subjects of such praise.
Guys and many gals will talk endlessly about the team they love or hate… but never share a personal God story or favorite bible verse in a casual friendship. We act as though we have to wait for a special day and a “safe” environment to do that. Many of us chase the illusive American dream, not even realizing we are forfeiting something far beyond human imagination that is set aside for those who will engage with their creator. Those who dare to fall in love with Him.
John 14:23 “Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Obedience to our father makes perfect sense, because He created this world and asks that much of us. But what an incredible journey and relationship is ours if we would honor His request for us to know Him… and fall in love with Him. God is not seeking to take away from our lives… but to add to them.
Let your love for Him begin today.
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