I’ve had a thought going through my mind for the last several weeks. “Would I still have faith in God and be in love with Jesus if there was never forgiveness for my sin?”
This is something I have questioned about myself as I wonder at times how many Christians sit in church, do all the Christian things and say they follow Jesus because he died for their sins and he has forgiven them of those sins. I wonder how many people choose to follow Jesus because he has promised to give them a pathway to heaven.
When I think about all the incredible things my wife does for me I am overwhelmed with love for her. However, if she couldn’t cook, couldn’t clean, couldn’t pick me up when I’m down or celebrate with me when times are good would I still love her? If she wasn’t a rock beside me as we leadGenerationChurch, if she didn’t have an angelic voice, if she didn’t look so stinking hot, would I still love her? To answer, I’d have to say yes. Our relationship and love is built on so much more than these things. Yes these are some of the benefits of our love, but our love is not built on what we have done or will do for each other.
So I have to question myself, is my love for Jesus based around what he has done for me, or is it a deep connection of my soul?
When I look at the patriarchs like Abraham they had a faith in God that went so much deeper than just what God could do for them. Abraham didn’t have the assurances of grace, or justification by faith. Abraham didn’t have the cross or the blood of Jesus to look to, yet Abraham chose a life of faith and righteousness. David had a heart that yearned after God even without the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I sometimes wonder how many people come to God because of fear of going to Hell instead of a heart felt love for the father. To be honest this question is bothering me! Sometimes I feel we are raising up a generation of Jesus followers who have never entirely fell completely in love with the person of Jesus. Yes they maybe in love with all that Jesus has done for them, but are they completely in love with Jesus?
This is a question I have been asking myself and I encourage you to ask of yourself.
Are you in love with Jesus or are you in love with the thought of what Jesus has saved you from?