The Bible states that “God is passionate about His relationship with you.” Exodus 34:14 (New Living Translation).
This truth is at the very foundation of what Christianity is all about. And, we need to rebuild this most basic truth into the life of the Church and our Church family once again. Otherwise, we will know a lot about the Living God but actually not know Him personally. And, we will lose the younger generation who are looking for more than information they can base their lives on – they are looking to experience truth and encounter God. This is, of course, what God wants as well.
When you look at the Church today you see people who have a lot of information. However, you often do not see people who are experiencing a lot of transformation. This needs to change otherwise, as in Paul’s day, we will have people who “hold to an outward form of our religion but deny the power thereof…” (2 Timothy 3:5) These are people who will have “the appearance of godliness.” In context – they will literally be a bad example of what the true faith is all about because they have not experienced life change and transformation as a result of being touched by the power of the living God.
This was so important to the early church that Paul, an apostle of the faith, goes on to say that if there are people like this in your assembly “avoid them.” Wow! Following that advice there just might be a lot of people we need to avoid in our church today. People who have a lot of information and knowledge but have yet to experience the life-changing transformation that being a true disciple calls for.
If we were truly as passionate about God as He is about us; if we truly want a dynamic relationship with the living God; if we were passionate and as deeply in love with Him as He is with us – we would certainly see a serious and visible transformation in the way we think, live, and relate to non-believers. We would be seriously passionate about Jesus and everything He has commanded us to obey. Remember, He did say, “If you love me, you will obey Me” (John 14:15).
If we are experiencing a loving and passionate relationship change is inevitable because we are walking with the living God who stated, “I am God who changes not” (Psalm 55:19) and “I am the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is always life-changing and transformational – and much more than informational.
God is passionate about a relationship with us – we need to respond and fall madly in love with Him and thus become passionate as well. Then we will truly “love the Lord our God with all of our heart and with all our soul and with all of our mind.” (Matthew 22:37).