Written By: Ryan Walters
We think of a honeymoon as a time that is short. It’s temporary and it often feels too good to be true. And when we arrive home from that too good to be true period, it’s time for reality to set back in again.
Back to hammering away at our jobs. Paying the bills. Smelling each other’s dirty laundry and dealing with each other’s pet peeves. Arguing over first apartment furniture , why someone didn’t replace the milk, how his or her mom is profusely dropping by the house and how it needs to stop immediately before the inlaws get vetoed from attending family gatherings, arguing over what to name the first child, or maybe even who the child loves more. All of the above are examples of the moments that put honeymoon feelings to the test to see how robust the relationship is during crucibles; when those butterfly sensations don’t always feel present.
As a Christian, this idea of a honeymoon gets engrained into our relationship with Jesus far too frequently.
You think Jesus didn’t have to endure through honeymoon periods in His own relationships? Judas betrayed. Peter denied. And Thomas doubted. Yet Jesus stuck it through not by relying on human feelings (He was incarnate remember), but through relying wholeheartedly on God (1 Peter 2:23) who He sought out regularly without skipping a beat.
At this point, you could be thinking, “Is he talking about marriage or my relationship with Jesus?” Friend. I’m speaking of both. I’m speaking of the holy union and marriage of Christ and His bride: us, the Church. I’m speaking of the mutual service and love between the two. With a servant’s heart coupled by spiritual fruit and acts of godly love, the chances of a spiritual honeymoon, or what I may call a “religious relapse” are little to none.
As a human being living in a fleeting world that is infected by evil, it’s inevitable that you’re life will fluctuate. Ups and downs, highs and lows. Nothing is ever certain. Anything is apt to change for the worst. We’re not in control of sustaining peaceful seasons of joy or tumultuous seasons of suffering. But with a sold out heart to follow Jesus Christ you don’t have to experience a vast spectrum of hyper-spiritualized days and crappy Christian days, despite those shaky seasons.
The seed of Faith never remains in the darkness of soil if its roots are growing with the water of life and the light of the world.
Spiritual honeymoons only taste a wisp of air from the soils surface, but they will not become flourishing branches remaining to the vine.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “So then just as you received Christ Jesus as lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up on Him, strengthened in the faith as you wee taught and overflowing with thankfulness.”
This is the secret to fleeing a lukewarm christian life ladies and gentlemen.
Accepting a lifestyle and following one are two separate concepts. Accepting is equivocal to a one time ordeal in many cases. I could accept that I have an illness, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll treat it. I can accept I’m sick one day and not do a single thing about it another day. But when acceptance is actively lived out it evolves into a lifestyle; constantly devoted day in and day out to treat my illness no matter what it takes until I reach a full recovery.
Your walk with Christ requires persistent watering and sunshine so that your roots sink deeper. And so I leave you with 3 C’s that can be your water and sunshine ingredients to draw you closer to Jesus Christ: Consistent commitment (Prov. 16:3), consistent communication (1 Thess. 5:16-18), and consistent check-ups of your heart (Ps. 26:2).