Getting Beyond Fairy Dust

MC900445012[1] The songwriter writes,Oh, how I love Jesus…”

John Piper writes, “To love God we must know him…If we do not know anything about God, there is nothing in our mind to awaken love…There may be some vague attraction in our heart or some unfocused gratitude in our souls, but if they do not arise from knowing God, they are not love for God.”*

Relationships are complicated. The quality of our relationships depends on many things. Piper’s words suggest that a loving relationship can only be built on knowing the other person. The more we know about the other person, and the more intimate our understanding of them is, the deeper our love for them can be. couples,love,men,persons,photographs,romances,women

But some relationships involve more infatuation than love. Infatuation provides a kind of “vague attraction.” I like to call it fairy dust. When fairy dust falls, something about the other person grabs our attention. That kind of relationship is fun for awhile, but eventually the fairy dust disappears and the attraction subsides.

Interestingly enough, the Bible talks quite a lot about relationships. Jesus even referred to himself as the bridegroom. The question is, what will our relationship with Jesus be like once the honeymoon is over? What kind of life will we enjoy with Jesus? The answer depends on what our relationship with him is based on.

If I am infatuated with Jesus Christ, awed by his power, moved by his kindness, and caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowd that follows him, there may not be much to build on after the honeymoon.

But, if after my initial attraction, I spend time really getting to know him, if I walk with him, talk with him, listen to him, and start trusting him, I will be fanning the flames of true love. I will be building my relationship with my Savior and Lord on solid ground. That way, when the fairy dust wears off, I will still have a relationship that is rich, deep and lasting!

10215923 We are all born with an amazing capacity to love. That love can draw us into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. It can also help us build rich and rewarding relationships with others.

But lasting love requires that we go beyond the fickleness of our feelings. Love requires an intimate knowledge of our beloved. The more we know, the deeper our love will be. That principle applies not only our love for God and Jesus, but to every love relationship we cultivate in our lives!

So, if you want to live a life of love for Jesus Christ, do whatever it takes to know him better.  The better you know those you love, the richer your relationships will be after the fairy dust settles!

*John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World, p. 76

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