What a Romantic Relationship Taught Me About Following Jesus.
So I confess that over the past 3 weeks I had only read the Bible on my own 3 or 4 of those days. That’s not the wisest decision since the spirit or soul needs nourishment just as the physical body needs it.
While spiritual nourishment can come from a variety of ways. God is not limited to only revealing Himself through the Bible. For He definitely speaks through people and He also can communicate to us through prayer.
YET, there is something unique about Scripture. When we read it appropriately we are letting God do the talking. I was once told by my youth pastor “If you want to hear God’s voice, then read the Bible out loud.”
Well, you may be asking “So what does this have to do a romantic relationship teaching you to follow Jesus?”
Well let me tell you.
I had been spending time with friends talking about God, the Christian life and all that holy jazz, I’d gone to church with the purpose of worshipping God, gone to chapel (Thank you MNU for making it available), I’d gone to classes discussing theology and doctrine learning things such as “There cannot be private holiness without social holiness; nor can their be social holiness without private holiness”. All these things I had done. Nevertheless I had lacked private and intentional time with the Lord. As in, I was only seriously praying to Him when I was with others, and only reading Scripture when I was with others.
Please hear me say that those things are NOT BAD. As a matter of fact I am convinced those things are stellar and necessary for a growing faith. BUT personal 1 on 1 time with the Lord is also needed for a healthy relationship with Him. And here’s where Jamie and I’s relationship comes in.
Friends it’s flippin’ awesome to be with her while with my friends. It’s great to go to church together. It’s sweet to eat at Campus Center with our amigos. It’s a blessing to be with her and her family.But there are times when we want to be spend quality time where it is just the two of us.
When it is just the two of us, it is much easier to focus on each other. Our attention and thoughts are on each other because we are the only other person there. Duh right?
Friends, God is a person. Throughout Scripture He refers to His people, Israel, as His Bride and His child-these are relationship roles. Jesus even called His disciples friends. God is not an impersonal force. He is a being that cares and truly loves.
Knowing this has really made me aware of the fact that God doesn’t just want us when we are around others, and He doesn’t just want us when we are alone. He wants us all day err’ day.
He-for whatever reason-actually desires us to live this life with Him. He invites and desires our lives to be wrapped up in His.
Therefore, it is most certainly appropriate to make time to spend it personally with Him. Just as any healthy relationship should be. Quantity and Quality time in a variety of contexts. That’s the way for a healthy relationship. With Jesus Christ the Lord, it is no different.
Hope that made sense and may it be helpful for you in your life!
Grateful in Him,
Mario Paul Flores