WHY DO I LOVE JESUS?
1John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.
What causes us to love something? How can something that we have no interest in suddenly become strangely attractive to us? I can remember growing up and how much I hated going to church. To me, it seemed like a waste of a good day off, instead I could have been swimming, or hunting, or playing ball. I was thinking, “Why am I sitting in this building listen to someone go on and on about something that I have no interest in?” How different that is today. I love being in the house of God. I love listening to someone teach about the things of God. I love singing songs to the Lord, actually, worship has become one of the greatest pleasures in my life. I could lay on the floor for hours, soaking in God’s glory in a place of worship. What changed? How could something I was not remotely interested in become so attractive to me? That is the work of the Holy Spirit. He makes Jesus real to us. When that happens, everything changes. Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about this very thing.
“True love to Christ is in every case the Holy Spirit’s work, and must be wrought in the heart by him. He is the efficient cause of it; but the logical reason why we love Jesus lies in himself. Why do we love Jesus? Because he first loved us. Why do we love Jesus? Because he gave himself for us. We have life through his death; we have peace through his blood. Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor. Why do we love Jesus? Because of the excellency of his person. We are filled with a sense of his beauty! an admiration of his charms! a consciousness of his infinite perfection! His greatness, goodness, and loveliness, in one resplendent ray, combine to enchant the soul till it is so ravished that it exclaims, Yea, he is altogether lovely. Blessed love this-a love which binds the heart with chains more soft than silk, and yet more firm than adamant!”
I’ll never forget how suddenly and drastically my life changed when the Holy Spirit revealed Christ to my soul. In an instant my life was changed. How was it changed? My loves were changed. I no longer loved the sinful activities of my past. Instead of every waking moment being consumed with the pursuit of worldly pleasures, now my heart was longing and desiring other things. I not only wanted to go to church, I immediately enrolled in Bible College. My spare time became consumed with the pursuit of joy in God. I loved the Bible, I loved worship music, I loved small groups. I wanted to talk about Jesus, He had become the center of my pleasures. To me, this is the greatest of all miracles. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see physical healings and demonstrations of God’s power. More than anything else though, I stand amazed when I see a heart that was cold and apathetic awakened to the greatest of all loves. Yep, I have to agree with Spurgeon and with Solomon, He is altogether lovely.