Women today, through the explosive impact of highly sexualized messages of romance in the media, have been led to believe that our love-hungry hearts will find ultimate satisfaction in modern Prince Charming. Hardly a twelve-year-old girl exists today that does not secretly believe her worth and value lay in her ability to get a boyfriend and nary a forty-year-old woman has not found herself profoundly disappointed by Prince Charming’s feet of clay. Yet that same woman continues throughout her life to search for that loving feeling in the ubiquitous romance novel.
I’d like to offer a response through an excerpt from a book by Rebecca Manley Pippert about lifestyle evangelism:
“What drew me to [my man] was my desperate need to be loved. He does love me, yet it feels like sand being poured through a sieve. My heart has this unslaked thirst for love that can’t ever seem to be filled,” she said sadly.
“[Girl],” I responded, “romantic love can be real and deep, but only if it is not asked to be what it isn’t. It is not within [your man’s] power to give you a sense of being and purpose. No human can fill every inner crevice of our longings.”
“So it’s all a sick joke, right?” she replied. “Why do we carry such a hunger when it can never be met? I told him that I thought our love would give ultimate purpose and meaning to my life. I banked all my need for love in him. He’s already told me that he feels an unbearable pressure to be all that I need. And it’s odd, but even knowing that he loves me, my heart is still restless and unfulfilled. Can this immense wish to be loved ever be gratified?”
“[Girl], your longing for love is very valid. But human love, for all its wonders, will never be able to handle the immensity of the task. It can go away or die or fail us at the precise moment we need it most. And if it is to meet our needs and longings, love must have a base.”
“But what base is there that is big enough and stable enough to build our lives upon?” she asked.
“The only base we can really count on is God’s love. That’s what Jesus saw in the Samaritan woman. He recognized a woman who was thirsting for a love that would truly satisfy her and never leave her. So he directed her toward himself. Jesus knew that what the soul longs for is a safe home, a place where we are loved and known perfectly – and that can only be found in God.”
[The Girl] sat for a long time, taking in what I had said. Finally I broke the silence and said, “[Girl], would you like to come home now? Would you like to ask Christ to come into your life?”
“Yes. But what do I bring to the equation?” she asked.
“All you bring to God is your faith and your willingness to let him be at the center of your life…” **
Questions? Comment below or use the contact page for alternative ways to reach me. Want to ask Christ to come into your life? Pray (talk to God) something like this:
“God, I admit that I am a sinner. I want to put my faith in Jesus Christ, whose death on the cross paid for all my sins. I believe that you raised him from the dead and that by believing in my heart and confessing with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, I will be saved. Jesus, save me and be the Lord of my life. Let me know the love of God for me. Amen.”
Now go and tell a Christian you know and trust that you have just prayed to become a Christian. And tell me! May God richly bless you with the knowledge of the width and length and depth and height of the love of Christ which surpasses human understanding that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19).
** Pippert, Rebecca Manley. Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life. Second Edition. Pages 41-42. InterVarsity Press. Downers Grove, Illinois:1999. First Edition 1979. Second Edition 1999.