“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson began the new year by delivering an impassioned sermon before thousands of young adults at Passion 2020 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, offering insight into how her relationship with her husband, Christian Huff, developed.
Robertson, who married Huff in early December, gave a 35-minute message on Wednesday titled “The Search is Over.”
The 22-year-old actress and reality star challenged young adults by telling them that the answer to their life struggles can’t be found on their cell phones or through social media but rather through a commitment to Christ.
Toward the beginning of her sermon that focused on the book of John, she described how early disciples such as Peter dropped everything in an instant to follow Jesus when given the opportunity.
“They heard it was the Messiah [and] they followed Him. It was like, wherever Jesus was, they were magnetic. They followed Him,” she stressed. “You know, relationships nowadays a lot of times start by a follow. But there is a long process that goes from the follow to the actual commitment to being in a relationship with you. But here, there was no process. It was just like, ‘I’m just gonna follow you because you’re the Messiah.’”
Robertson said that her own relationship with her husband was very much a work in progress that started with a follow.
Robertson explained that she and Huff, who was a friend of her sister, “kind of got together” because of Passion, which is an annual gathering of young adults founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio that began in 1997.
“We were at Passion. I wasn’t speaking. I was just attending,” she told the crowd. “I love Passion and have been here for four years. Christian was attending and he somehow saw me. So he messaged me on Instagram. And it was a pretty bold message, OK?”
“It’s really sweet,” she continued. “It was really kind. He told me I was beautiful. But here’s the thing. I didn’t see that message until two years later.”
After two years, Robertson said she and Huff met in person and she thought he was “pretty cute.” When she followed him on Instagram, she received a notification telling her that he tried to send her a message two years prior.
“So I craft my message and I’m like, ‘Sorry for the late reply.’ We start the process,” she explained. “We start DMing.”
She said that she and Huff, 21, had the “most stereotypical Christian relationship start.”
After two weeks, she said Huff sent her a sermon through direct message on the topic of dating, engagements and marriage.
“Then continuing on the process, we start texting, but that’s not talking,” she said. “Once we start actually talking on the phone, now we’re continuing on the process. Then, Christian decides to come out to Nashville and take me on a date. We go on a date. But we’re not official.”
“There’s a process. We start dating,” she continued, adding that they eventually agreed to become “official” boyfriend and girlfriend.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith