Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More Like Falling in Love

Since last week I've been thinking more about religion vs. relationship with God.  I ended that post with this quotation:
God doesn’t want our service and activity apart from a relationship with Him, and in fact, He will not accept them without it. (John Franklin, A House of Prayer)
While this was still bouncing around in my mind, I heard a song called "More Like Falling in Love" by Jason Gray.  I'd heard it before, but this time the lyrics hit me in a new way.  Here are a few lines:
... all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It's gotta be
More like falling in love

Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
I love how those words contrast the ideas of religion versus relationship.  I've been on various sides of that, at different times of my life.  I grew up in a church, but it was primarily a place to see my friends.  We went to church, we sang in the choir, and we were in the youth group.  It was just what you did.  At the time I don't think I ever opened a Bible outside of the church building, and I'm certain that I never even thought of being a Christian as being in relationship with Christ.  When I was about 18, I walked away and didn't set foot inside a church (except for a few weddings and funerals) for quite a few years.

Have Faith

Years later, I found myself reconsidering the faith.  I sort of picked up from where I'd left off, but tried to "be good."  As the song says, I was "just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet."  But during that time, I came in contact with a few people who helped open my eyes to see Jesus in a much bigger, much clearer way.  When I opened my eyes and my heart, I finally heard the Lord speaking to me.  I know now that He had been calling me for a long time, but in my stubbornness and rebellion, I was shutting Him out.

So after years of a faith that wasn't real or personal (or no faith at all), I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  I can relate to the idea of "more like falling in love" because that's exactly what it is.  It's real, it's personal, and it continues to grow over time.

Here's an analogy:  When I met my now-husband, I understood what my friends had meant when they said, "You'll just know."  On our first date, I looked across the table at him and knew that I'd be looking into his eyes for the rest of my life.  I just knew.  The first time he hugged me, it felt like home.  I just knew that was where I belonged.  Over the years since we met, the relationship has continued to grow deeper and stronger.  I never stop wanting to spend time with him, to know him better, and to honor him.  He's perfect for me.

Similarly, my relationship with Christ has continued to deepen and strengthen over time.  I never stop wanting to spend time with Him, to know Him better, and to honor Him.  Jesus is more than perfect for me:  He is perfect in every way.


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6 comments :

  1. This is beautiful. Our pastor just preached on something very similar to this on Sunday. His message was titled "King, in name only". We talk of Him, but is He really our King? Do we really follow Him on His terms, or do we set conditions? Very good thought that you have brought up. I guess the Lord is really trying to get my attention :)

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  2. A beautiful post...and your ending line is spot on "Jesus is more than perfect for me: He is perfect in every way."

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  3. Just beautiful my dear! Exactly what we need today!

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  4. What an incredibly lovely, heartfelt post! Truley beautiful way to describe the active relationship we enjoy with our Lord!

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  5. Wow! That's a moving post.

    It's really similar, in some ways, to my life/path. I grew up in the church and accepted Christ when I was 14. After a few weeks of reading my Bible and praying, I tried to be "good," but it was a lonely path without tangible support. When I was about 18 I stopped going to church. Started and stopped for a few years until my mid 20s.

    My relationship with God grew stronger, but I don't know that I've ever "felt" what you're describing: "falling in love." I've heard others say that and it sounds amazing. Almost unreal. I'm at a point (again! even at my age) where I walked away from church and God when my marriage ended more than three years ago.

    The path and life I've led since then has been almost a total reversal of where I made it to. Why am I putting all of this in a comment? LOL... I know God hasn't left me and I must make the choice to return to him, spend time with him, etc. ... BIG SIGH...

    An-t-way, moving post. Thank you.

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