Autumn- that time of the year when the temperature turns cool, geese migrate, leaves change, and everyone gets infected with pumpkin-spice mania.
Many have a love affair with autumn. Stanley Horowitz captured it well-
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
While traveling recently, I came across a sign in front of a tiny country church that read….
“Fall in Love with God.”
I thought it clever capitalizing on “fall fever” but, it made me think about how easy it is for us to “fall” for so many things yet, the idea of “falling in love with God” seems foreign or surprising.
I don’t believe that most of us think about God in that way. We hear about how He loves us and that in turn, we should love Him. But, we conceptualize a familial love, not a passionate one.
When we speak of “falling in love” we tend to reserve the concept for either "things" or romance --not our relationship with God.
The definition of “falling in love” is to suddenly and powerfully be attracted to someone (or something.)
If you are acquainted with the life of Jesus, you know that people were drawn to Him; crowds would follow Him from town to town, and many would desperately try to reach Him; even if it was to just touch the fringe of His robe!
All desperately seeking something from Jesus:
And some were seeking to discredit, harm and ultimately kill Him.
Interestingly, we don't see people actively pursuing Jesus for just plain-old love;
tragic when love is the essence of Christ.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:8
Don't we continue this very same thing; seeking God for health, wealth, healing, forgiveness, clarity, and blessings?
The irony- no matter what we are asking- His response is always love.
I just wonder- what would our lives look like if our number one priority was merely coming to Jesus just for love?
TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM
To passionately pursue Him, to think of Him over and over throughout the day, to be excited over Him and day-dream of the possibilities of our future together.
What if we changed our thinking about love and stopped looking for it in things and people and sought it directly from the source?
What if we thought about Him above all else, told Him we loved Him daily, spent time in His presence and did everything out of pure love for Him?
What would happen if we fell in love with Jesus?
Maybe our lives would look very different - perhaps even a better mosaic than all the seasons combined!
Father, thank you for the precious gift of Christ who not only models pure love but made it possible for us to be reconciled to you and to have the ability to love others. Give us insight, clarity, wisdom, and discernment to love you Lord with all our heart, soul and might. May you always be first in our life.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” ~Matthew 22:36-38