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How's Your Love Life? (4 of 6)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, a few years ago, there was a commercial out. Actually, it was more than a few years ago. It was when I was a kid. And I would watch TV, and I would see this commercial, and it was for Ultra Bright Toothpaste. And I don't even know if they make Ultra Bright Toothpaste anymore. But this was for Ultra Bright Toothpaste. And they would show a beautiful girl who had a beautiful, white smile. And the tag line of this commercial was, "So how's your love life?" And the implication in that Ultra Bright commercial was, you know, if your love life's not very good, it's probably because you're not brushing with Ultra Bright. You know, if you brushed with Ultra Bright, man, you'd have dates, you'd have an ultra good smile, you'd have ultra love you'd have an ultra good-looking someone. It's all about Ultra Bright. But, that question, how's your love life? Now we think about our love life, especially around Valentine's Day. And some people say, "Man, my love life is good," and others say, "My love life is non-existent," or, "it's just not very good." Some married people, love life not very good. I heard about one couple. They had been married a while. Things weren't going so good. They were hitting on hard financial times. The wife was arrested for shoplifting. She went before the judge there with her husband. And the judge says to her, "You are arrested for shoplifting." He said, "Tell me about it." She said, "I stole a can of peaches." He said, "Well, why did you steal a can of peaches?" She said, "I was hungry." He said, "How many peaches were in the can?" She said, "Six." He said, "Six peaches - that's six days in jail." And before he could rap his gavel, the husband stood and said, "Your Honor, I've got something to say." He said, "What's that?" "She also stole a can of peas!" (laughter). It wasn't going well in their marriage. Their love life wasn't so great. See, when you think of how's your love life, most of us think in terms of romance. We think in terms of a special someone, another human being. But how is your love life in terms of your relationship with Almighty God? How is your love there between you and the Lord?
You know, it's sad, but it's true, when many people think of God, they don't think of love. They don't think of love life. You know what they think of when they think of God? They think of religion. They think of rules. They think of ritual. And, you know, of the Bible they make an assumption. They say, "Well, you know, this book is a pretty thick book it has a lot of things in there about rules. It has things in there about religious activity and religious ritual, so that's what God must be interested in - rules and religion and ritual." You know, although the Bible does have a lot of that in there, all that stuff pales in comparison to relationship. God is into relationship. And God wants to have a love relationship with you. He reall ...
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