Early in the history of America, the Quakers started describing salvation in a way that would be handed down through the centuries in hymns and literary works:
“I have been seized by the power of a Great Affection.”
Simple. Sweet. Full of joy and hinting at the great romance between Christ and his bride. The Quakers were onto something when they started describing their new life in Christ in this way.
Yet, I think this phrase would be foreign to many of us. Even if we have a relationship with Christ, the commonality of Christians in this country look at salvation as a duty, a trade-off, a simple burden if you will. We suck the joy and exuberance out of it.
This is a state that should be fought against. In all the Scripture that has been penned, my favorite are the words of John 10:10:
“The thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.”
When we approach salvation and life in Christ as anything less than being absolutely seized by a Great Affection, we play right into the hands of Satan. HE is the one who wants you to be burdened down, unenthused, and acting out the same monotonous religiosity. JESUS came for you to have life, and have it to the full.
LIFE to the FULL. That doesn’t mean life is going to be perfect or happy every waking second of your day. It DOES mean that you will always find hope, always have a life with purpose, and always be wrapped in the hands of the Great Affection that has seized you.
Let’s live a joyful life, life to the full as we walk side by side with Jesus. After all, we’ve been seized by the power of a GREAT Affection.
How could we live anything less?