Friday, April 11, 2014

Fall in Love!



John 21:16 (NLT)
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

What does Jesus mean to you?  Is He a moral code of conduct?  The path to heaven?  A model of goodness?  A passion in your life? Were your answers yes, yes, yes, and kinda?  If so, Jesus might be just a useful tool in your toolbox or a set of rules to be debated. Without love and passion, Jesus is religion, not life.

Fall in love with Him!  Let Him grab your heart and your senses!  Look around at all the gifts God has given us in nature!  The universe reveals His glory – the beauty, grandeur, power, intricacy, generosity, care…  But those gifts aren’t enough.  Human nature is to turn away from His sovereignty, His rule, and want control for ourselves.  Even so, He loves us.  That’s why Jesus dwelt among us and died to repair this broken relationship that we continue to break.  Day after day God gives us grace – His undeserved love and forgiveness.  Who would do that?

Look at the cross.  Stare at it.  See those arms spread eternally wide open for you.  For you.  Who would love you like that?  Who?  Only God could love you into a passionate, purposeful life filled with His Spirit.  The world might seduce you with temporary pleasure, but only God can satisfy.  Fall in love with Him!

This devotion was inspired by the writing of Ann Voscamp (http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/04/why-you-really-have-to-keep-falling-in-love/) and Paul Tripp (http://paultripp.com/articles/posts/fall-in-love-again).

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