An old love song has these words, "Today I passed you on the street and my heart fell at your feet, I can't help it but I am still in love with you.” This may seem strange but God loves us in this way. When we fall away from Him He says those same words, "I still love you" no matter what you may have done. I am just waiting for you to return to me.
One of the primary reasons Christians fall away from God is we establish a dating relationship with God rather than a marriage type that is permanent. Almost all of us remember when we started dating. Some dates were one time only while some lasted for weeks or even months. However, in most cases the glue which held the relationship was only strong enough until the next potential person came along. Many relationships with our Lord are about the same.
Another adage I heard is that Christians prefer to have a business relationship with God where we only call upon Him when we need Him. Good examples of this are consulting a CPA during tax season or consulting the doctor when we are not feeling well. God wants daily time with us, not an ‘on and off’ appointment.
When I think of how supposed Christians treat God I am reminded of the "Parable of the Seed" and imagine the type ground their seeds fell? Did the seed fall on hard ground along the path and he/she only had a short experience, where the “birds of daily life struggles” would not let the true Word penetrate deeply into his/her heart?
The second scenario describes the seed which fell on rocky ground where there was not much soil and the plant sprang up quickly. However, not being deeply rooted, the sun came up and the plant was scorched and died. This depicts people who quickly receive God’s Word but when persecution comes, stumble and fall away.
The third seed fell among thorns and was choked out by undesirable plants (weeds and briars). This represents lives of those who receive God’s Word but let the worries of this world and daily life’s battles overcome them and are smothered thereby causing them to become unfruitful.
We know that the last of the seed fell on good ground and it brought a bountiful crop. If we are rooted deeply into God’s Word and follow His Will we will be fruitful. Psalm 1 tells of the man who resisted bad company and stayed in God’s Word. His fate was to bring forth fruit in his season and prosper in everything he did.
Let us remember success on this earth is not measured by financial gain, but by the happiness we find through a close relationship with daily fellowship with God. Jesus’ disciples wrote, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4, (NKJV).
If we want to have Joy in Jesus Christ we must be grounded in the His Word and filled with His Holy Spirit Who gives us power to make it through life.