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A year or so ago, a question was posed to me that really stuck with me and has made me think. It’s a question that is so simple, but to this day I think about it and process it regularly. This is the question: “Would you describe yourself as totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?”
As I ask that question, if you are a Christ follower, you know the right answer. I know the right answer; in fact I think we all know the right answer: “Of course, I’m in love with Jesus.” That’s the correct answer. That’s the appropriate “churchy” response to that question.
But let me ask it again, “Are you totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?” And before you answer this time, think about what that looks like? What does it actually look like to be totally, head-over-heels in love?
For me, the only thing I have to compare it to is my relationship with my wife. Thinking back, I remember our first date, the anticipation of getting to know this new girl that my friend had told me so much about. And then, after we met, it changed my life.
We hit it off right away, and I remember centering my life around spending time with her and doing things for her. We didn’t go to the same college, so we planned our weekends around spending time with each other. We scheduled times each day to talk on the phone. I wanted to know everything about her, and we talked for hours and hours.
I spent money on her. I spent money on phone bills. I bought her flowers. I spent tons of money on gas for my car to go see her. I remember one time, scrimping and saving and sacrificing to buy her a simple little gold ring. I was so excited to give it to her and see the expression on her face.
I did crazy things, just to spend time with her. I remember one time driving six hours round trip just to spend one hour with her. And I could not wait to introduce her to my friends and my family. Why? Because I was totally, head-over-heels in love with this girl, who would later become my wife.
The reality is that most everyone reading this has experienced some type of relationship like this in their own life. Maybe it was or is a boyfriend or girlfriend that you are “head-over-heels” about. Maybe it’s your spouse or a son or daughter. We’ve all been there.
So if that is what it looks like to be totally, head-over-heels in love, it’s time to re-process the question: “Are you totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?” Are you dedicated to spending time, and not just anytime, but meaningful, quality time with Jesus? Do you center your day or your week around spending time with him? Do you really – I mean really – want to know everything you can about Jesus? Would you be willing to drive six hours to spend one hour with Jesus? Are you dying to tell your friends and family about Jesus in the same way you are dying to tell them about that “special someone” that may be in your life? In other words, “Are you totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?” If not, why not? What’s the obstacle? What’s the stumbling block?
As I have wrestled with this question in my own life, I have reflected on Ephesians 2:1-5, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”
We were dead. We were dead in our sins, but then Jesus happened. And because of God being totally, head-over-heels in love with us, we were given the opportunity to have life, through Jesus.
So why don’t we show it back? What do you need to do today to start or rekindle your fire for Jesus? What do you need to do to be totally, head-over-heels in love…with Jesus?