Thursday, July 14, 2011

God Isn't Just So So

~Falling in Love with God Completely~

There are many things in life that "get in the way" of our relationships with God. Loving isn't always easy. Being on fire for God never stays. Love is work.

Work: Most everyone comes to dread that four-letter word at some time in their life. Since we are all sinful human beings, we always look for the easy way out. Imagine this: One day you are just some unsaved person, but then something happens and your life radically changes. You come to know Christ, and things are looking up. You go on with your normal life, following your normal routine, but a few weeks after your conversion you just can't see why you ever really wanted to do this God-thing. It doesn't make you happy any more. You still pray every night, and God did make a great change in your life, but you just don't seem to be on fire any more. I think every Christian has gone through this struggle. We live in a fallen world. Things bring us down off our 'emotional high' for God. We didn't mean for these distractions to get in the way. But it all comes down to this: relationships are just plain work.

Take this for an example. We all have seen that one couple who are totally distracted by one another. Adoring glances are exchanged, they hang on each other's words, and they are always doing everything together. They can't seem to get enough of each other. This is how we should look at God. James 4:8--"Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded." Loving God more starts with being selfless, willing to give up time just to be with Him or giving up your life to further His word. Being selfless isn't easy. Selfishness is a part of our sinful nature. If you are willing to work on contradicting the sinful nature and give up your time for God, He will come near to you. Just as the verse says we can't be "double minded," we should be serving God whole-heartedly, without casting glances at the things of this world. Selflessness wasn't easy for martyrs, either, yet they are the ones that we can look to in order to see a person who was totally submersed in God's love.

Just like the couple who is totally obsessed with each other, we should have these affections for God, wanting to be with Him all the time, wanting to read His love letter to us (the Bible) over and over again. Naturally, if you're a child of God, you have a feeling of wanting to fall in love with God more. In order to do this we have to seek Him and make time to spend getting to know Him on a deeper level, which includes spending time in His word. It is important to not forget the discipline part of our relationships with God. Even when it gets hard, we have to keep praying and keep reading our Bible and not just skim reading but intimate study of God's word, savoring each sentence.

Our relationship with God cannot be based on our feelings. We always have to keep pushing to get closer to God. No matter if we don't feel like reading our Bible that day. Temptations will come and try to steal the joy that we have in God, but we have to learn to lean on God through these trials. James 1:1-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that we can be mature and complete, not lacking anything." Just like friends getting through a tough spot in life together and becoming better friends as a result, we can have a deeper relationship with God when our faith is tested.

It's for the world to see.

The relationship between the couple that was previously talked about is something that they don't care if the whole world knows about. They are so in love with each other that they don't care who knows and their feelings don't embarrass them one bit. They are willing to stand up to anything before breaking up their relationship. This is just the way that we should be with God in our relationship with Him. It should be something that we can freely talk about all the time, something that makes those around us stop and say, "What do you have that I don't?" All this comes through dedication, discipline, and selflessness. Being willing to give up your life, your time, and whatever else you value in order to fall in love with God more.

Will you give up your time for God? Are you ready for the trials that come and try to break your relationship with Him? Will you lean on the Perfect Savior?

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