Many of us treat Jesus like He’s our side chick saviour. We want the benefits of the relationship, without the actual commitment. We flirt around with everything the world offers and as a result, we cheat on God time and time again...
You know Jesus is your side chick saviour when you don’t testify to the things He’s done in your life. You keep your relationship a secret, because the truth is: if anyone found out, you would feel a deep sense of shame.
You’ve made Jesus your side chick saviour when you only hit him up when you’re desperate or when you want something from Him. We use Him for our own personal gain and when we receive the blessings, we fail to remember the One who blessed us in the first place.
When God is not your number one priority, you make Him a side chick. Yet God was never meant to be a side, He was always supposed to be the main thing in your life. However, for many of us that ain’t the case. God is far from our first priority - we even act as if He doesn’t exist. We replace Him with worldly things and commit spiritual adultery due to our unfaithfulness to Him.
Spiritual adultery is a prevalent theme throughout Scripture, where God is depicted as a jealous God - a good form of jealousy, where God craves you to love Him and be His own. No matter how far we turn away, God’s love for us is unconditional, but it breaks His heart to see us walk away from Him.
The Old Testament’s portrayal of Israel as a bride who has abandoned her rightful husband, God, to prostitution is similar to the way in which we break God’s heart when we abandon Him in pursuit of the other fleeting pleasures that the world has to offer.
““I thought to myself, ‘I would love to treat you as my own children!’ I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land— the finest possession in the world. I looked forward to your calling me ‘Father,’ and I wanted you never to turn from me. But you have been unfaithful to me, you people of Israel! You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband. I, the Lord, have spoken.”” - Jeremiah 3:19-20
In the same way the people of Israel committed idolatry as they chased after other gods, spiritual adultery is a form of idolatry that separates us from God. Idols come in every shape and form: whether this be our material possessions like our smartphones, our boyfriend/girlfriend or work - whatever takes priority over the Lord is considered an idol.
In the New Testament, the Word invites us to detach from all worldliness and set our affections on the things above, not on earthly things but on things that last...
“You adulterers! Don’t you realise that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”
- James 4:4
We may claim to be Christians, but if our hearts are captivated by Satan and all the empty promises and pleasures that the world has to offer, we are far from God. As Christians we’re constantly going against the world. It’s all or nothing. God doesn’t want a mere part of us, He wants all of us and until we are ready to give our lives fully to Jesus, He will continue to pursue us with a reckless love.
Remember, this is a God who was willing to send His only Son to die for us, if only we knew how He was willing to lay down His life for us, we wouldn’t be lured in by what the world has to offer. The price Jesus paid is more valuable than anything that this world could offer - He ransomed each and every one of you with His precious blood so that you could be set free. We don’t even deserve His love, for we give Him every reason to forsake us and yet, His love is so pure, it won’t ever let us down.
So, it’s time we examine our hearts and our priorities. It’s time we ask ourselves are we ready to commit? If so let us update our relationship status with the Lord and never look back...
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