I know I shouldn’t be saying this, but I really dislike reading Christian books.
You know which ones I’m talking about. The ones that can’t stop saying “sister” and “y’all” and talk about Jesus like he’s a sweet, Southern boy that grew up right around the corner from your house.
In all honesty, I think they’re horribly written and often somewhat shallow. But right now I’m reading this book called “Uninvited” by Lisa TerKeurst. And it’s actually really good.
Of course there’s still the cheesy writing style, but I can look past that aspect of the book because it drives me back to Scripture and forces me to realize things I’ve been ignoring for years.
Something the book has brought to my attention is the idea of living loved. TerKeurst talks about how keeping a constant mentality of being deeply loved by God can fuel us in every aspect of our lives.
What struck a chord with me was when TerKeurst said the following:
“Giving with strings of secret expectations attached is the greatest invitation to heartbreak. That’s not love. That’s manipulation. And it’s all so unrealistic… No soul can soar to the place of living loved when it’s a performance-based endeavor.”
Wow. Talk about a reality check.
Have I been doing things for God only to expect something in return? Do I desire to walk with Him only because of what I can get out of it?
For the majority of my life, the truthful answer (though one I wouldn’t have admitted) would have been yes. But praise God for His work in my life. He has changed my heart and mind. He has drawn me in with His overwhelming love. I now seek Him solely to know Him. To love Him more deeply. To bow before Him and worship His majesty.
I now live every day wholly and completely loved. And l find fulfillment in the love of Christ.