What does being a Christian mean to you? Is it about following a bunch of rules? Is it primarily about a list of do’s and don’ts? Is it merely duty bound or is there something else to it? Many in the church attend Sunday morning service, tithe, go to Sunday school and do all the characteristically “Christian” things, but have lost sight of what is central to being a Christian: loving God. This love is not one that is marked primarily by a love for the benefits of being a Christian, but something more. Sure, assurance of salvation and being saved from damnation is worth loving! But if only escaping the wrath of God is our reason for being a Christian, then we’re missing out.
John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Children of God. That’s what we become when we put our faith in God and ask him to forgive us of our sins. Children delight to be in their father’s presence. They anticipate his return from work. They throw themselves at trying to tackle him. They bring their favorite toy to him and say “daddy, will you play with us?” The joy children have in and around their father is marked by a fierce love. It isn’t first about the protection he brings, though that is a comfort. But it is about a love of God. Christian, do you delight in spending time with God? Do you look forward to quiet time in His Word and praying to Him? When someone asks you, “what does it meant to be a Christian?” Is a love for God near the top of your list? It should be. Enjoy God. Delight in Him. May the joy of the Lord be your strength!