I’ve met people that have actually put their fingers in their ears, shook their heads like a child, and said “la-la-la, I’m not listening” when me and another person were having a conversation in the same room about God, Jesus Christ. Usually, when I remember something that I’m embarrassed or ashamed about that I’ve done, I act in the same manner as that person. I have to shake the thought out of my head—by literally shaking my head—and blather about incoherently until the feeling of shame is gone.
I’ve often wondered why I’ve had people act as if they were trying to knock the humiliation out of their bodies when they overheard a conversation about God, but as I learn more about Christ our Creator, I’ve begun to come up with some theories. The first is that those people who can’t stand to hear about God are nervous because they are in debt to God.
The truth is that either you’re with God or you’re against him. If we haven’t paid our debt to God, then we still owe him. If we haven’t joined his team, then we aren’t with him. Fortunately, God came up with a way for us to not only join his team but to also pay our debts to him at the same time.
How is it that we owe God? Well, God said that if we do things that he doesn’t like, then he will take that into account. If you steal from your boss, will he want you to repay him if he finds out? If you call your mother a name she doesn’t like, will you owe her an apology? Keep in mind that God hasn’t done a thing wrong in his entire life, so how much more will we owe him when he has taught us how to be perfect like him and we still are not? It will probably be a debt that we can’t afford to pay.
It would lead me to believe that if somebody is nervous when talking about God, then they are still at odd’s end with him. They still owe him, just like they owe the electric company. Their bills haven’t been paid, and they are nervous because they know they can’t afford to pay it. Therefore, there is no wonder why people get fits of anxiety when hearing about God, because they can feel that they are not on the same page with him. They can feel that there is something not quite right about the relationship that they have with God.
We were all once people who didn’t know God or didn’t understand God, and we need to remember that God still showed us love by providing an opportunity for us to mend our relationship with him. He gave us a way to become comfortable around him, to become comfortable listening about him or talking about him. He gave us an opportunity to be with him rather than against him. He gave us a way to pay for our debt without having to work for it through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. And he called it grace, because he did it for us when we were his enemies. Read this:
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus . . .
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death (His Son, Jesus Christ), the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!” (Romans 5:1-11, Message Bible).
If God makes us nervous, then it might be time for us to say a quick prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Talk to God, and tell him that we would like to become friends with him rather than stay his enemies. Tell him that we accept his grace, that we accept his free offering that he gave to us through his Son so that our debts will be paid.