If we learned anything from the sermon on Sunday, we learned that the Lord does not shy away from pouring out love over us. And, that’s quite amazing.
From the Song of Songs to the story of Hosea and Gomer and even the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and her tears, these stories can feel awkward. Even as I’m typing the word “awkward” it actually looks awkward. I mean, those two Ws separated by a K. Weird.
I remember when I was in seminary, we studied the Song of Songs. Our professor wanted us to experience the unique love poetry of the entire eight-chapter book, together. So, we read it aloud. Together. Although written primarily for a betrothed couple, this book is also intended to communicate God’s love for us. The only problem was: it was a classroom of about eight young guys, the professor (also a man) and me. The language is awkward. If you don’t believe me, just read it! Anyway, at some point, one student, as he was reading, couldn’t restrain his giggle. And, the rest of us exploded with laughter. It needed to happen. We were like ten middle schoolers laughing uncontrollably, but something had to give. We were all a little embarrassed.
In the Blue Book, this week’s topic is Intimacy. Here’s my favorite quote:
“My meditations on the story of the woman who poured her perfume all over Jesus has elevated the affections of my heart toward Jesus. Just like the woman in the story, I long to be passionately indifferent to the reactions of those around me, lost in the extravagant expression of my affection for Jesus. I want my love for God to become as wild, reckless, and free as his for me.” - Fil Anderson
As many times as I’ve read that story (Matthew 26), it always leaves me shaking my head. Different versions of this tale are told through the eyes of different gospel writers, but the theme is the same. A woman who didn’t deserve forgiveness, got it. And, more than that, her love for Jesus was so over-the-top, it was a little awkward. It was uncomfortable. And it was lovely. Intimacy is all of those things.
I wonder if my love for Jesus is ever so “passionately indifferent” that it makes others a little uncomfortable. Maybe in this day and age of being theologically precise, winsome and relatable, we quickly forget how recklessly loving this King of Kings was to die for us.
This week, I’m asking the Father to build more intimacy and affection in my heart toward him. That prayer may sound a bit awkward, but I think I could use a little more awkward in my life! I’m asking him to satisfy more needs than I even imagine that I have.
Maybe, as we’re continuing to focus on prayer over the next few weeks, we can ask the Lord to increase our affections toward him in prayer.
Posted: 8.20.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: