Recently I’ve been studying the bible with a young woman who is eager to know more about God. She knows the good she ought to do, but I’m not sure if her reasoning will keep her when times get rough. Colossians 2:16-23 says:
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Yes, God can do things unimaginable that the smartest of humans cannot. He can change destinies and we all have to answer to him in the final days, but what about the love? What I’m finding out about many people is that they are Christian because they don’t want to go to hell or they like what God does for them. “If I live a perfect, righteous life, I won’t go to hell” or “If I live for God, he will bless me”. I’m not saying we that if you’re a Christian, you shouldn’t strive for a life pleasing to God and worthy of the gospel and I am not saying to not desire God’s blessings. However, if this is all, then you will not last in a relationship with the Most High, because the truth of the matter is, rules only last for so long until you break them because things get tough. Say you’re a married woman and an attractive man at work is trying to get you to cheat on your husband. The rule: “you should not commit adultery” will only keep you for so long until he starts to look finer and finer by the minute. But genuine love for your husband is what will keep you from not falling. The same goes for God. Not picking up that j because it’s “bad” will only last for so long, but genuine love and desire for God will keep you strong when the battle gets tough.
So I want to encourage everyone to remember why they are in this fight! If it’s because it’s the right thing to do, I encourage you to fall madly and deeply in love with God and Christ by looking at the sacrifice they made just so you would have a chance at eternity. I also encourage you to write a letter to God about how you feel about him and pour out your heart. This is always a good reminder when times get rough that God is faithful and you will do anything because of love.
Nothing but love.