Have you ever played “Hard to Get”? It’s when you like someone-I mean REALLY like someone- but you don’t want them to know you like them. So what do you do? You act like you don’t like them.
You walk into a room and instead of running over to the person and saying how happy you are to see them, you turn and talk to someone else. When they invite you to spend time with them you want to say “yes” but you don’t want to seem too anxious. You may even leave your calendar open just in case they want to get together but you don’t actually ask them to spend time with you. If you did, they might think you liked them which you do but you act like you don’t. Pretty silly huh?
So why do we play hard to get when all we want, is to get got? Why pretend? Because we’re afraid. We are afraid of being hurt.
We’re afraid they won’t like us.
Sometimes, in our own strictly human way, we play hard to get with God. There’s part of us that all we want is to get closer to God. We want to bathe ourselves in His love, and walk in His peace and rest assured in His guidance. We know those close moments with God are the sweetest of our lives and yet when He’s standing before us with open arms, we turn and talk to someone else. We wrap ourselves up with our kids or our work, or our struggles and leave Jesus standing on the other side of the room, waiting, arms still opened. That’s playing hard to get with God. I know because I’ve done it. There’s been Sundays I’ve felt God inviting me to worship Him and I roll over in bed or read the newspaper. There’s times He gives me a spectacular sunset to draw me near but I spend the time feeling lonely.
The problem is I place God in a pot with the other folks I know. Folks that have hurt me, disappointed me or even crushed me. But God is not “folks”.
We are not in a holding pattern waiting to find out if we are loved and adored by God. 1 John 4:19 tells us “We love because He first loved us”. Before you ever heard the name of Christ, He loved you. Before you heard about a Son of God or a Maker of heaven and earth, Jesus loved you. Before you looked at a Christian and wished you had what they have, Jesus loved you. Jesus loved you first.
Dying on the cross was His way of showing you that He is here to stick. You don’t need to hold back to find out if He adores you the way you adore Him. He does! He totally adores you! Every room you walk into, He wants you to run to Him. Every time you see His goodness He wants you to sing His praises. And each time you fall down, He wants to be the one to lift you up. Don’t play hard to get. He’s waiting. Let yourself get GOT!