Christianity is a love affair with God. Being led by the Spirit is about romance with a Savior. This might sound odd, but Christianity is about God’s love for us, and our love responding to Him.
About 24 years ago, I met a young lady who completely changed my world. Her name was Tracy. She was beautiful, intelligent, witty, loving, and had a sweet disposition. Yet she was passionate and fiery and feisty, and was not to be crossed. When I first noticed her, I was instantly attracted to her but with an introduction and time, that relationship developed. In a while, I realized that she was pursuing me even more so than I had been pursuing her. Once I got to know her, I just couldn’t see my life without her. I loved everything about her, from her tenderness to her fiery personality. Finally, I made her my wife. And all these years later, I’m more in love with her now than I was even back then. Her love has captured me and because of it, I want to be with her as much as possible.
About 44 years ago I met someone else who completely changed my life. His name was Jesus. He was beautiful, intelligent, witty, loving, with a sweet disposition. Yet He was passionate and fiery and not to be crossed. When I first became aware of Him, I was instantly attracted to Him but with an introduction and time that relationship developed. In a while, I realized that He was pursuing me even more so than I had been pursuing Him. Once I got to know Him, I just couldn’t see my life without Him. I loved everything about Him, from His tenderness to His passion. Finally, I made Him my Lord. And all these years later, I’m more in love with Him now than I was even back then. His love has captured me and because of it, I want to be with him as much as possible.
Our relationship with God isn’t about legalistically following a set of rules, it’s about love. Just as faithfulness to my wife, isn’t only about the vows I made to her, it’s about the love I have for her… So it is with my relationship with Christ Jesus. I follow Him in holiness, not just because I’m required to by the Law of God, but because I am passionately in love with Him. Love causes the Law to be fulfilled in my life.
I have this little thing that I often say to my wife when she asks me to do something that I may not really want to do. I say, “You know I’d do anything for you babe.” And I mean it! I may not want to do it but if it makes her happy, or makes her life easier and she has asked me for it, I can hardly ever say no. That’s not because it’s required, or because I’m weak, it’s because I’m in love and it gives me pleasure to make her life better.
The same is true for my Jesus. I will do anything He asks because I’m madly in love with Him. I may not necessarily want to do it, but because he asked me to, I will. I love to make Him happy. I live for Jesus simply because I love Him. I do what I do because He desires it. When His Spirit draws me toward something, or away from something, I joyfully conform because “I’ll do anything for Him.”
If our love is as strong as it should be, we will willingly comply… not because of the rules, but because of the love. Christianity is a love affair with God. Being led by the Spirit is about romance with a Savior. I’ll follow you anywhere Jesus! “Anything for you Lord.”