To be honest, after today's study, I hesitate to even post anything because part of me feels like it'd be creating a spectacle of my studies and/or of my walk with Christ. Then I refer back to an amazing post from Daughter By Design, and am reminded that I do not blog about my She Reads Truth reflections for likes, or for comments, or status, or whatever, but I'm writing my thoughts out to hold myself accountable in my studies, to really, really reflect on what I've read, and because "I have learned that writing, just like so many other things we do in this world, is in the business of planting. Planting seeds big or small that will one day bear fruit."
SRT talks about having an intimate relationship with Jesus, and really puts it into perspective:
When it comes to our relationship with God, there’s PDA and then there’s sacred intimacy. There are grand public gestures of skywriting and rose ceremonies (and praying on the street corner “in order to be seen”, as Matthew puts it), and there’s knowing the love language of God—taking time in secret to show Him the only affections you’re chasing after are His—pursuing Him privately, closing the doors, enjoying sacred intimacy...
That really painted a picture for me. Of course it's okay to love God out loud. We should want to shout His name and His love from the rooftops -- from the mountaintops! -- because we're so full of real, genuine joy, as a result of His grace, His mercy, and His love. It's not all about the PDA though, as SRT puts it. Just publicly proclaiming your love for Him, that's not living in an intimate relationship with Christ. There's got to be balance.
"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:6 NASB)
SRT asks, "are you publicly kissing Him, then living as strangers at home?" Whoa... does He feel loved by me? Sure, I pray, worship, and study in private; it's not all outward, it's not all public gestures of our love, but wow, will I be more intentional to meet with Him in private? Y E S.
Jesus doesn't want your love to be a spectacle. He wants it to be sacred.
"Is your [life in relationship with Christ] simply a spectacle, or is it spectacularly sacred?" Wow.
And since SRT said it all (and said it so much better), that's all I have to say about that (currently channeling Forrest Gump).