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Date night means a multitude of things to different people. Julie and I have, what many would consider, an unusual preference for date nights. We like going out to eat (nothing unusual yet) at places that take more travel time than other people. It is not uncommon for us to drive forty-five minutes to an hour (and sometimes up to two hours) one way to a restaurant. We spend the drive-time in conversation, listening to music (Josh Garrels this past Wednesday night), and prayer. For the two of us this is a time we can focus on each other (traffic sometimes takes my focus away from time to time), and we find it refreshing and a time to reconnect. Sometimes we may eat at a place closer by…but still end up driving for an hour or three… to have that focused time.
This last date night, a thought occurred to me (yes that happens from time to time)…do we have date nights with Jesus? I know it sounds odd, but hear me out…
He has displayed the greatest love for us.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 ESV)
He asks us to abide in His love.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9 ESV)
He is with us all the time…so why date night? Same reason Julie and I have date nights…to focus, recenter, recharge, reconnect. Having focused time doesn’t mean we neglect Him the rest of the time. Setting time aside for prayer, for sitting in silence listening for/to Him, singing along with some praise music…over and above what we do in our day to day walk is refreshing. He is supposed to be “our everything”…does the effort we put into our relationship with Him reflect that?
It is so easy to let the business of the day pull us away, distracting us from Him. We need time to rejuvenate the relationship. Whether you call it date night, meditation, or something else…it doesn’t matter. What matters, is that we take the time to soak in His love. He has made a way for us to access the throne room, the Spirit dwells within us as a conduit in our relationship…we can’t take that for granted. We can’t take Him for granted. We all need to make sure we’re scheduling a “date night” with Jesus.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (Galatians 2:20-21 ESV)