Have you ever really thought about how crazy it is that we are in a relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you ever wandered what language God speaks? What would He say to you? If you have or haven’t, stop and consider that for a moment. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
OK, you’re back. Listen, because of our relationship with Jesus Christ, we are in full on relationship with the entire Godhead. Consider that. We are intimate with God the Father, with God the Son and with God the Sprit! Is that unthinkable or what??! Come on, It’s crazy person imaginative little kid wishful thinking for mere humans to be intimate with God. It’s bananas! How could that even happen? The answer is right in our faces. God PURSUED us.
I can’t help but think about Gary Chapman who In 1995 came out with his signature book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.” According to his findings the 5 love languages are;
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Receiving Gifts
- Quality Time
- Physical Touch.
These may work with people but I believe God has His own love language. I think God has a way to express heartfelt commitment to His people and a way of receiving love back. I believe that language is PURSUIT.
Ephesians 2 reveals that we were dead in our transgressions. Let me scream that word, DEAD!!! We were without life, without animation, without desire, expired, done and without hope. Yet, Ephesians 2 reveals that God, with His “great love” it says “made us alive together with Christ!” Wait. Wait one minute. Are you smelling what I’m stepping in?? We had no inkling to approach God and He pursued us! Really, what kind of love is this?
This morning on my drive to work I’m listening to David Crowder Band and these lyrics wrecked me, “He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.” It’s too much for me. His love, His pursuit, His grace, His mercy, yes it all has me bending like a tree, at the mercy of the wind, under the weight of such “great love.” A love that is jealous for me. It’s an overwhelming flood of passion for you, for me. It’s unthinkable!
This is not new, this is God! God has always been in pursuit of us. God has always gone out of His way for us and He wants us to respond in the same way. You see, Christianity is a love relationship and It’s love language is pursuit. Just like God has pursued us He calls us to live a life in pursuit of Him. Back in the Old text in Leviticus 20:26, God says, “You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” Can you feel how passionate God is for those who are His? Do you see that He has done everything to be in relationship with you and He wants you to pursue Him back in return? Be holy to me! Be separate to me! Be about me! Can you feel God’s heart and desire to be in existence shattering love with His people, with you, with me?
You know, I see a guy like Paul in scripture and I think, see, he got it! LOL, that may sound silly to some for me to say but that’s what I think. He was in full on life pursuit of Jesus Christ! Paul says he “pressed toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” Paul never took his foot off the gas. He, like us, was pursued by God and in response he then spends his life pursuing God back. Listen to this line from Paul;
“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” ~ Philippians 3:10-11
This is not a statement of conversion. Paul had been converted for 40 years already by this point. Yet, he’s still striving to “know” Christ! He’s still googly eyed! He’s still in full on courtship. He’s still pressing in for perfect intimacy. If relationship with God was a jar of peanut butter, Paul’s scraping everything he can get out of that jar. He wants the power of His resurrection which means he wants holiness. He wants to share in His suffering which means he wants devotion. He, like a son, wants to put on Daddy’s clothes. That’s why he says, “becoming like Him in his death.” He has no limits. He has no pride. He would do anything to attain the resurrection from the dead. He would do anything to finish the race and be with the one he loves. He PURSUES God with a passion that only love could produce! Simply stated, he gets it. He loves God, so he speaks God’s love language. My God, give us all that pursuit.
For the love of God, be a bridge!
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