I woke up with this on my mind and it really was a message to me. But I decided to write it because I know it will impact many others that call themselves Christians.
When I was 13 I gave my life to Jesus and started to call myself a Christian. I would pick up my bible and go to church for a while, but eventually got caught up in the world and stop doing all of that. I had started partying and heavily into sinful lustful ways that took over my mind and caused me to cut off all connections to God. That is what sin does, it separates us from our loving father.
At the age of 20, I had moved to LA to get into the entertainment industry and had achieved more than I could imagine in the first month, I felt this tug saying… “What are you doing with your life? There is more to this empty path you are taking and I am still here waiting for you to come back.”
At that point, I remembered the joy that I had encountered as a 13-year-old boy and decided it was time to come back to my first love. That was the turning point which caused me to become more than your typical American cultural Christian. It was time to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, but I had to learn what that meant. As I looked around at all these people that called themselves Christian, they were no different than people in the world and honestly gave me a bad taste of God. They considered themselves Christian because their parents were, or because that was the American norm in which they wanted to fit in.
I knew there was so much more to this Christianity than just by word… God was in the business of transformation and reconciliation back to Him through His overwhelming grace and mercy. He had to teach me that He was so much more than just a title to please man! He was my heavenly father who was with me, who cared for me and wanted to see me be fruitful in everything He had given me. He created me out of pure love and wanted to have a relationship with me and see me become more like Him.
At that point, my eyes were opened to the fact that although I had said I was a Christian all those years, I didn’t have a flourishing relationship with Him. It was only by word and not action. I am still learning daily what that means, but I do know that like any relationship it takes a lot of work.
Marriage is a great analogy to apply to how this looks, and we all know that there is no magic potion that comes after you say I do. It requires two people to build something great with a lot of learning each other and adapting to help each other become better.
What does it mean to be in love in a marriage?
1) You desire to be with that person all the time and talk to them.
When you are in a relationship with Jesus, you desire to spend time with Him. You want to get away with Him alone and get to know Him, hear from Him, and just sit in the quietness together. This is what prayer is, direct communication with God.
2) You want to get to know them more.
God isn’t a distant God who created us and said now go do your thing. He wants us to know Him and give Him all glory for our everything. In His divine majesty, He left us an amazing love letter that tells us all about Him and how we can live to please Him. That is the Holy Scriptures that we call the bible.
3) You can’t hold back telling others about your love
When you have encountered God and come to realize how amazing the creator of the heavens and the earth is, there is no holding you back from telling others. That awakening of love will just flow out of you and you won’t care who knows because your love is too strong to hold back. That is what evangelism is; telling others about the love you have for Christ.
4) You will do anything for that person.
Love will make you do crazy things. It will cause you to tear down boundaries and be willing to do anything for that person. You would give anything, do anything and even lay down your life for that person. When we love Jesus, nothing changes and obedience is easy because we know that He wants what is best for us.
5) You are committed until the end.
In a relationship, there will be tough times, where you feel like the other person isn’t there or doesn’t understand you. Those are the times that you really have to live by faith and trust that everything will work out. Marriage is a lifelong commitment and with Jesus, it is an eternity long commitment that starts today. Even when things get hard, we can turn to Him and know that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
For me, I daily have to remember these things and work hard at my love for Christ. I know we are not saved by my works, but when you are in love you get to do all these things. We get to learn more about Jesus by reading my bible. We get to spend time with our heavenly father. We get to talk to him and tell the world about how amazing He is.
I hope this is an encouragement in the faith and will allow you to take a look at your life and see what you really love. Don’t let the Devil and the world take away that love! Let’s be doers of the word and not just say we are Christians, but live out the very best through what God has for us.