Thursday, October 31, 2013

Falling In Love With Jesus

Studying and teaching the Bible is one of my greatest passions in life.  To be righteous and holy is one of my truest desires, and I want so desperately for the people around me to join me in my quest.  I am unafraid to stand up for Biblical principles, even if I'm the only person doing so.  I am determined to live "set apart" from the world, just as I am called to be. (1 Peter 1:15-16; 2:9; Romans 12:2)

I am being challenged this week, though, by this thought: Do I love the Bible and its principles more than I love Jesus?

After all, what good is the rest of the New Testament without Jesus?

And so I'm asking myself, what is it about Jesus that I love?  Why have I given so much of my life to serving Him and His church?

I go back to my foundational understanding of Jesus.
* He is God Incarnate.
Yes, absolutely.  But to worship Him because He is God easily falls under the idea that I worship Him because He is my ultimate authority.  I am naturally a person who yields to authority, so this part comes easily for me.  I want more.

* I am lost without Him, eternally speaking.
Which leads me to obey Him simply out of self-preservation.  To accept Him as my authority means to understand that without absolute obedience, I am condemned.  He offers me eternal redemption, forgiveness for my inability to be absolutely obedient, and it would be foolish not to accept it.

* He died for me in order to provide that redemption.
True, but I am not one to buy into the idea that were I the only one who needed redemption, He would have given His life just for me.  Yes, He died for me, but the truth is He died for everyone.  Every person in all of the world's history.  Whether they accept Him or not.  The simple fact that He died to save the world stirs more loyalty in my heart than it does actual love.

Okay, so obviously just knowing information about Jesus isn't what makes me love Him, any more than knowing the basic facts about my husband made me fall in love with him fifteen years ago.  No, learning to love someone involves getting to know them, not just about them.  I began to love Scott when I started talking to him, discovering his heart and his character.

And so I begin to seek out the heart and character of Jesus.  Who was He?  Who is He?

Will you join me as I delve into the Scriptures to meet our Savior face to face and heart to heart?

This is where I am starting: Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; Hebrews 4:14-15.

Read with me and meet me back here tomorrow so we can talk about this man, Jesus.

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