Surfing With God
love because God first loved us. Being honest with you, I cannot get
into the whole bride of Christ thing. I'm a guy. You catch my drift? I
know it's theologically accurate and politically correct to connect
with your feminine side, to connect with the bride thing, but I like to
eat my steaks medium rare and watch Jason Bourne kick butt. I actually
have the whole series and I am proud of it, too.
before you judge me as insecure or in denial to my softer side, I will
venture forth into the wonderful world of Christian theology,
specifically the agape love of God.
mankind's dubious history, God has always initiated the first move. He
made us. That's pretty initiatory. He also loved us enough by sending
his son to die on the cross for all our stupid sins. You would think
that we would look at the lowly millipede and realize, "Gee, those
little legs and body are pretty amazing! Maybe someone wiser than me
made it or should I mention the G word? Maybe God made it. Wow! What a
all this evidence around us, you would think that we would seek out
this God who made the millipede, the mynah bird (maybe not the mynah
bird), the gecko, the limpet, the mango, the lau lau, our eye balls, the
air, the sun, the moon, and all the other fascinating things in
creation. Sadly, mankind is too bakatare (stupid) to raise their
eyes from creation and look for this loving God who created this thing
called life. It's like looking at a painting by Monet and saying, "He
didn't create it. The tooth fairy farted it out." The denial of The
Master Painter, God, is that absurd.
the midst of our foolishness, God initiates his love towards us. He
reaches out into our mud pit and saves us from destroying our lives
with drugs, sex, alcohol addiction, gluttony, hate, revenge, murder,
thievery, witchcraft, self-rejection, and other destructive past times.
He spoke, "Forgiven! Finished! I love you!" Our lives went through a
metamorphosis and we became joyful, peace-filled, and full of love. Yes,
it doesn't happen over night, but it happens. God initiated and we
okay, it's like a dance. Wait! How about I use a surfing analogy? Whew!
I saved my manhood!" Surfers wait for the ocean to initiate a wave
before they ride. It's the same in the Christian life. We wait for God
in prayer and he initiates his presence and inspiration. We then
experience deeper levels of revelation as we read his word; we then
sense God's love at the inner core of our being; we then ride the wave
of his spirit into a deeper relationship with Him.
As I shared in earlier articles, I lived to achieve. I strove, drove, and wove myself into an anxiety filled knot. I got saved by his love and then I lived to earn something I already had. We’ve all been there and done that. We’ve all worked for his love.
time to rest and let God initiate again. Don’t strive for his love.
Rest in his love. Don’t strive for his presence. Rest and wait for his
presence. He will come (James 4:7-8). He already loves us. He already
abides with us.
you women out there, please forgive me for my male dominated article.
Blame Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg. Keanu Reeves, and all the other male
stud actors who make being male really an awesome thing. I love you
church. Beef rules!
We love because he first loved us - 1John 4:19