I love the chance to get excited about my Savior. Original image courtesy of nuchylee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net I’ve kinda talked a...

Thoughtful Thursdays: The Chance To Get Excited

I love the chance to get excited about my Savior.

I’ve kinda talked about this before, but it’s a topic that’s been on my mind recently, so I’m going to talk about it again. ;)

Another post I was drafting triggered a thought about how often and how easily church becomes just another thing we do: we go in, say hi, sing some songs, listen to the pastor, a little more prayer, and a little more praise, thank Jesus we ain’t going to h-e-double-hockey-sticks, and then it’s all over until next week (or until Wednesday, if you’re particularly spiritual).

But church, Christianity, it is so much more than that. There’s so much more to life in Christ than hell insurance. There’s peace and joy and grace and freedom and comfort in the worst of times. There’s strength to do things you never imagined you could manage. There’s the knowledge that someone adores you enough to sacrifice Himself so you can live—and live abundantly. There’s the promise that that love won’t ever leave you and that you will never walk alone.

It’s a truly gorgeous thing and when I think about it that way, it becomes so easy to feel excited about Him. To love the chance to come before Him and to join in worship with His people—I’m not one of those to become visibly excited during praise and worship, but I love that it gives me the opportunity to realize who He really is and to have that time to draw close to Him. To rejoice in what He’s done, is doing, and will do. To thank Him for His love, come to Him with my sorrows, and rejoice with Him in my triumphs.

To be honest, I’m not even completely sure where this post is going, but it’s something I was thinking on and wanted to talk about. It’s just... I love those moments of clarity, when, for a second, I can begin to grasp His greatness and understand all that He’s done for me. Those moments where I am reminded that Christianity isn’t really—or at least, isn’t just—about making it out of hell or making it into Heaven or even about being a good person on this earth.

It’s about Jesus coming to humanity and saying, “Hey, name’s Jesus. Just wanted to say I see you struggling, I see your brokenness, I see your hurt, I see you trying to pay off this massive debt all on your own, and I hate to break it to you, but you can’t do it. You can’t be perfect. Sin has separated you from my Father and from Me, and unfortunately not only is perfection just not in the cards for you, you also can’t pay off this debt. This weight is just too much for human shoulders.

“Here’s the deal though: I will come alongside you and help you throughout your life; I will pay the price for your sin; I will give you peace, joy, love, acceptance, worth, grace, family, and a whole bunch of other things as the situations unfold. I won’t promise that this will be easy, because I’m not going to lie to you, but I will help you and I will be with you through every second of your life. I promise you will never walk alone again. Oh yeah, and you know that guy, Death? You don’t have to worry about him. I dealt with that dude and he won’t be bothering you anymore.

“All I ask in return is that you love and follow Me.”

When I think about it in those terms, the awe-inspiring strength of that love, it just thrills me. I’m not sure I even have the words. All I can do is thank Him for the chance to see Him, for the knowledge that this isn’t about hardship and piety, about doing your best to be good, about performing certain tasks to be saved. It’s about forgiveness and love and salvation. About celebrating the beautiful awesomeness of our Lord. About giving wholeheartedly and loving passionately. About letting His perfect love surround us and then giving it away to others. :D

So yeah, if this was too long and you didn’t read, here is your friendly reminder that Christianity isn’t just some religion. That there is so much more to life and love in Christ and, that when I catch a glimpse of that, it is beyond exciting.

What’s something that causes you to get excited about God? Have any thoughts to add or verses to share? If you’re of a different religion, what would you consider the best thing about your faith? Hope you enjoyed, and I can’t wait to see you in the comment section. :)


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10 comments:

  1. Great post!

    Yeah, I often find myself thinking of church just as a event in life, just like going to the grocery store.

    This is really inspiring. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you could relate and that it inspired you! :D

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  2. Lovely posts, those moments when I remember everything that Christ has done and is doing in my life are my favorite.

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  3. So great to see others thinking about this!!! And I love what you said about all we have to to for Jesus... love Him and FOLLOW HIM. That's a part people forget...if we truly love God and Jesus/ Yeshua, we will to all He has asked of is, leaving behind all we want, to FOLLOW Him...living Him with all we have, ALL.

    Keep writing, girl, keep sharing about Jesus!!!

    As..to what's been on my heart. I did a blogpost titles Deceptive Distractions on it.

    But I'm just realizing how different thoughts and emotions of mine can be distracting me from God's will, plans, and purposes for my life. So I'm watching out to not be distracted by trivial things, but focused on God's ways.

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    1. Yeah, I really wanted to add that because people often seem to think that they can just have all of the blessings without truly following Him, and that's not at all the case. :)

      Thank you! I will! :D

      Sounds awesome! I will definitely check it out. :D

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  4. I love this post! I agree with everything that you said. I also think it's really nice to know that someone is watching you and supporting you and will always take your side. It really makes you feel loved :)

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  5. Hmmmmm....It's so easy to make church just a social event or part of your schedule. But I love how you're saying it's important not to. I guess I have a lot of insecurities about God, but when I've had those moments when I'm 100% sure... it rocks. One way that I always remember how awesome God is is when I spend time in nature, because it's too vast and majestic not to have a Planner behind it. When I see how wonderful humans (or cats, or elephants) can be, I know that it can't have just been about evolution, that there was something far greater than our imaginations driving this amazingness. (hmm, somewhat incomprehensible)

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    1. I know right?! When you just look at the magnificent beauty of this world... it's amazing. Reminds you that there has to have been Someone behind all o it <3

      And yeah, I can understand that. I've experienced it myself. I don't promise to have all the answers, but if you happen to want to talk about your insecurities, you can always contact me. I'm happy to listen. :)

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