Do you remember how it was when you first fell in love with Jesus? I mean, when you discovered that He’s really real and very much alive? You know, back when He was the center of your attention and the love of your life? Can you recall when you made the decision to walk with God forever? And when you authenticated your decision with baptism? Those were the days.
If we’ll admit, we were the best Christians we could ever be, right after our baptism. The newly found love we had for Jesus compelled us to serve him with all our might. So, with much effort we read our Bible, prayed and attended church religiously. We were especially cautious not to curse or offend anyone. We worked hard to balance our spiritual lives with everything else. We were freshly in love and deeply committed to our lover—Jesus Christ.
Back then, nothing in the world mattered. We were so devoted to God and madly in love with Him, that we were willing to sacrifice everything. Things of the world such as partying, fornication, drinking, lewd music and the likes, weren’t fascinating enough to lead us away from Him. Television wasn’t idolized and lying was frowned upon.
Charles Finney Says: “Show me a young convert, while his heart is warm, and the love of God flows out from his lips. What does he care for the world? Call up his attention to it, point him to its riches, its pleasures, or its honor, and try to engage him in their pursuit, and he loathes the thought.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live every day as if we just met and fell in love with Jesus? How can we rediscover the commitment we had to Jesus when we just got baptized? As with any intimate relationship, if love is not nurtured, it will die. That’s why so much effort is made to keep the sparks alive. Likewise, if we want to foster an intense relationship with Jesus, that’s long-lasting, we have to constantly work hard to keep the fire blazing.
Keep the communication lines open. Be spontaneous. Love and listen unconditionally. Let us seek to fall in love with Jesus all over again, then our obedience will not be ritualistic. Instead, we’ll genuinely love what He loves and hate what He hates.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Share your opinion, how else can we rediscover the commitment we had to Jesus when we got baptized?