In Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love, there is a section entitled, “When you are in love.” In it, Chan makes the case that folks in love act differently than those who are not in a committed relationship.
He says, “When you are truly in love, you go to great lengths to be with the one you love. You’ll drive for hours to be together, even if it is only for a short while. You don’t mind staying up late. You will spend a fortune on the one you are crazy about.” And all of that is true!
But what about our personal relationship with the Lord? The sad truth is that while we often profess to have an amazing love relationship with Christ, our actions just do not support that claim.
Too often we go to great lengths to excuse away why we do not spend consistent time with Him. We feel pressed just to spend a few minutes in prayer. We are too tired to meet with Him at night and too sleepy to join Him in the morning. If we were crazy in love with Him, wouldn’t we yearn to just be in His presence?
And our giving doesn’t reflect an intense love. We often just “tip” the Lord and stay focus on our own wants and needs. Too often our service seems pressed and unnatural, it’s a duty rather than a joy to care for others. Maybe it is time for an honest evaluation of our walk with the Lord.
One way we might evaluate just how in love we are with Christ is to consider the question John Piper asks in his book, God is the Gospel.
The critical question for our generation and for every generation is this: if you could have heaven, with no sickness and with all the friends you ever had on earth and all the food you ever liked and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted and no human conflict or any natural disaster, COULD YOU BE SATISFIED WITH HEAVEN IF CHRIST WAS NOT THERE?
Could we be satisfied in heaven with all the “goodies” and yet Christ wasn’t there?
How we answer that question will reveal the kind of love we have for the Lord. If we are deeply and passionately in love with Him, we won’t be able to imagine heaven without Him.
Jesus is asking us the same question He asked Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” (John 20:15).
How did you answer?