I was a TV kid. I grew up watching what we now consider the classics: Leave It to Beaver, Dennis the Menace, Father Knows Best. Wow! Any problem solved in 30 minutes.
And then there were the shows that I would anticipate the most: Bonanza, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Laramie. I had a crush on at least one guy every night of the week. Little Joe made my heart flutter with his dark, curly hair and quick temper. Dr. Kildare was so earnest in his attempts to be the best doctor he could be. Ben Casey was the more experienced doctor who cut through all the red tape to do the surgery that would save his patient’s life. Jess on Laramie was just so darned cute, I really wasn’t paying much attention to the plot.
There were others, but these have endured in my memory of good times growing up. I eventually transferred my infatuations to real guys in the real world. It was exciting to feel transformed by a good case of puppy love. As adults, we know that these little crushes don’t really go anywhere. It’s just part of growing up and experiencing a little of what will someday be all out love for another, most of the time someone we want to spend the rest of our lives with.
Jesus wants us to have a crush on him. He wants us to be excited every time we think of Him. He wants us to reach out to Him, to be closer to Him, to do whatever it takes to be with Him.
What happens when a crush wears off? It either turns into an enduring love or it just fizzles away to nothing. Well, it’s obvious what Christ looks for on this one. He not only desires love, He is love. When we reach for our Savior because we love Him, we are fulfilling any need we can possibly have. When that first excitement of asking Him into our lives wears off, He longs for our steadfast adoration.
Love can be exciting, long-lasting, durable, fun, satisfying, and tender. Christ offers us all this and much, much more.
Do you have a crush on the King? Do you feel the love for your Savior? Christ is calling for you. Can you hear him?
Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and a good hope.
2 Thessalonians 2:16