BY: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: Heart Wide Open
I don’t remember the exact day I sat staring at John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (I do know it was shortly after I identified myself as a hypocrite), but I’ll always remember the challenge I heard in Jesus’ own words: “This is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
That scripture was familiar to this church girl, but the hope I heard in it was brand spanking new. For the first time I saw in those words a way to get off the spiritual merry-go-round I’d been riding my whole life and strike out on the biggest adventure of all time: to actually know God. I saw this as the way I would learn to love Jesus, to crazy love Him.
In my new plan God was the flypaper, and I would be the fly. The mission: to throw myself at Him and stick for eternity! The rest of my life began wit a single prayer and an honest admission that surprised neither of us.
I finally admitted that I had nothing to offer God. Zero. Zip. All I could bring was my weak, broken want-to. Here’s the beautiful reality: it was enough. If you want to love Jesus, it’s enough for you too!
The embarrassing truth I had avoided all my life – that I didn’t really love Jesus – was the very admission He would use to ignite my lukewarm heart. Who knew?! All I had to offer was a desire to love Him, but it was enough. Okay, to be accurate, I couldn’t even say that I wanted to love Him.
I’m walking proof that you can fall in love with Jesus by learning to whisper a simple prayer that meets with His wholehearted approval: “I don’t love You, but I want to love You. Help me!”