Why is he taking so long?” Kristen thought. Jake and Kristen had been “talking” for several weeks now, and Jake had not even mentioned anything about becoming official. “Is he afraid to commit? Is he really not interested in the relationship?” she asked herself.

There comes a time in every relationship when it is time to move to the next level. In the dating relationship today, a couple typically “talks”, “hangout” and they eventually become official (on Facebook, of course).

However, in our instant gratification-based culture, many begin to show interest in a relationship, and then back off because they are not ready to commit. This is what happens with couples like Jake and Kristen. The relationship never progresses and the other person is left hurt. Relationships require commitment and commitment requires making a decision.

Jesus wants to be in a relationship with you. Think how big that is.  The creator of all things wants to have a relationship with you. Your sin separated you from Him and made that impossible (Isa. 59:1-2). Jesus came to this earth as a sacrifice to cover your sins, and now you can have a relationship with Him. He has done everything He could to make that possible.

Now it is time for you to make a decision. Up to this point you have shown interest in beginning a relationship with Him, but you have not yet made a commitment. You must make a decision.

Some people hear about the relationship that they can have with Jesus and simply have no desire to pursue it. Jesus calls these people seeds that fall on the wayside (Matt. 13:4, 19)

There are many who begin to pursue a relationship with God. They have joy about this new relationship. They seem so interested as if this is something that is going to last. However, they never make a commitment and when the time comes for them to be serious about the relationship, they begin to fall back and walk away. Jesus calls these people seeds that fall on rocky ground (Matt. 13:5-6, 20-21).

Then there are those who actually do begin a relationship with Jesus. They become a Christian, they attend church, but they are never really active in the relationship. It seems like they do not put much effort into the relationship at all. Jesus calls these people seeds that fall on thorns (Matt. 13:7, 22).

Jesus wants to be in a relationship with you. He wants all of you. He doesn’t want a passive uncommitted relationship. Jesus wants a fully committed, passionate relationship, motivated by love. Those who pursue this relationship with all of their heart are those of whom Jesus says are of the good soil (Matt. 13:8, 23).

It is time to make a decision. Jesus has sought after you. Will you seek Him? He wants people who are “for real” (Luke 9:23). Jesus wants followers that give their lives to Him, as He gave His life for them.  Will you pursue a relationship with Jesus?

by Noah Icenhour