This past weekend, many countries throughout the world celebrated ‘Valentine’s Day.’ It’s a time when people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special ‘valentine’. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr, Saint Valentine, and dates back to the 5th century. Some people look forward to this for weeks and months on end, because it’s a special time they get to spend with their loved one – and special times like this don’t happen very often in some relationships. There is a lot of ‘passion’ – if you know what I mean – on this special day.
Having a true, loving relationship with your spouse shouldn’t be confined to anniversaries and special days of the year. It should be an ongoing and passionate romance throughout the year. But people get busy, life comes at them – kids, work, sports, hobbies, etc. and we stop ‘dating’ our spouse. We begin to lose that passion because we don’t rekindle the flame of love. We wait until Valentine’s Day – that one day a year to honor and love our special valentine. I challenge you to date your spouse on a regular basis again – to maintain that passion and love throughout the year.
The same thing happens with our relationship with Jesus Christ. We start off passionate and on fire for Him. We want to consume all the knowledge from His word and learn all we can about Him. Then, life comes at us and we get busy, and we put him on the back burner. We may not read the bible or attend church as regularly as we once did, or we may stop altogether. Or maybe we only go to church on special occasions like Christmas and Easter. Like our relationship with our spouse, this is not how a relationship with Jesus Christ is intended. I’m not talking religion here – I’m talking about a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. I challenge you to invest time reading the bible and in prayer on a regular basis – to build your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Joshua 1:8 – Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Romans 4:13 – Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.
Romans 5:11 – So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Romans 5:18 – Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
“Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, help us to have a passionate personal relationship with you. Help us to get into your word more and to pray regularly. Forgive us for only doing so when convenient or on special occasions. It’s in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”