Passionately in Love with Jesus

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

I believe the greatest devotion of the Christian is practiced on the front lines, in the heat of battle, with fires raging all around. In fact, I know many believers whose devotion has been strengthened in the midst of hectic activity and spiritual warfare. They don’t have to be on a mountaintop to love him with a whole heart; they don’t need to live in some isolated village to yearn for his coming. They have learned to love Jesus as passionately during their drive to work as when they are in their prayer closet.

Beloved, your sense of Jesus’ nearness to you cannot depend on your feelings. When you feel down, depressed and blue and do not have time to seek the Lord, the devil will flood you with feelings of guilt and unworthiness. You may think Jesus has left you and is saying, “I’ll come back when you have time for me.” But the nearness of Jesus is maintained by faith! It has nothing to do with your feelings.

When someone is pushing or shoving you on the subway or in an elevator, just whisper to him, “Oh, God, I believe by faith that you are here, very near to me. Protect me, Lord. Keep me and don’t let the junk of the world seep into my system.”

Those who truly love him yearn for his company, no matter how hectic things get. Devotion to Jesus means trusting him alone for every need — body, soul and spirit. When you are suffering in your soul, run to Jesus — do not seek answers from any other source. 

The Bride of Christ will be comprised of those who have given up trying to find help, solace, comfort or satisfaction from anything on this earth. They have learned to depend wholly on the One they love to fully satisfy their every hunger and thirst. Stay passionately in love with Jesus — and trust him to manifest himself in his fullness to you.