Can we fall in love with Jesus—no bells and whistles?
I love you.
When we say it to anyone, there’s no bells and whistles in the phrase per se.
Yet if we read between the lines through our personal lens about love, we often hear ringing and shrieking.
Sure, computers, electronic gadgets, appliances, and new cars glisten with added enhancements.
Retailers have the bells and whistles to match our wishes and wallets.
But when it comes to love…Love plus fancy features doesn’t mean more love, but less of #love in its purest form. #Jesus Click To Tweet
Who Needs Bells and Whistles?
I was grown with children of my own the first time my biological father said, “I love you.” The telephone conversation is forever etched in my memory.
Still, as much as I wanted to hear my dad tell me he loved me, I needed to believe it. And the reassurance he meant it.
You know what? The same holds true today. My husband can never tell me—or show me—he loves me too many times. For Mike to reassure me of his love takes our relationship to a higher and deeper level. And in turn, I desire to reaffirm my love for Mike and my family.
Even my grandson, nearly two-years-old, knows how to say “love you” and blow kisses. No bells and whistles. Pure and whole-hearted affection.
Still, a crazy idea has floated around for years of spouses or parents with this attitude. “I told you once that I loved you, no need to say it again. If anything changes I’ll let you know.” How sad!
Tired of Bells and Whistles?
So what about when it comes to loving Jesus?
I love You, Jesus.
Because those words rise in my heart and roll off my tongue more often these days. Why? I’m not sure.
Perhaps Jesus is teaching me about a deeper love.
And maybe I’m tired of bells and whistles.
As with anything, when the shiny wears off, the thrill is gone.With superficial #love, when the shiny wears off, the thrill is gone. #Jesus Click To Tweet
The year 2012 marked a spiritual milestone in my life—written in my journal. I decided to fall head over heels in love with Jesus, loving Him more than anyone or anything. Not only is this kind of love possible, but it’s the desire of God’s heart.
Bells and Whistles or Jesus?
2 questions to consider:
1) What’s the greatest commandment?
This question posed to Jesus. “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39, emphasis mine)
Love Jesus with all…
- Heart- “The center of a person’s thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion.”
- Soul- “A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity. The spiritual part of a human being.”
- Mind- “The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. A person’s mental processes, intellect.”
So, in essence, every part of me, my whole being, is to love Jesus. That’s the greatest commandment and the greatest love.
Real Love Instead of Bells and Whistles
2) Where does love originate?
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
Jesus loved us enough to die for us. But our motivation for falling in love with Christ is not out of guilt.
And loving Christ not for what He accomplished on the cross or what He can do for us in this present life. But because He loves us, we reciprocate.
In his book, Crazy Love, Francis Chan describes it this way. “Our love for Jesus always comes out of his love for us. Are we in love with God or just his stuff?”
To fall in love with Jesus and stay in love with Jesus means giving all of myself to Him alone. Not to the idols or other shiny gods of this world, but to Christ.
In fact, it should be the “norm.” Because…Falling in #love with Jesus isn't radical #Christianity or a Jesus freak, but the heart of a true disciple. Click To Tweet
*All Scriptures ESV.
*Definitions for heart, soul, and mind from Oxford Dictionary online.
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January 18, 2018 at 10:17 am | Uncategorized