What if I told you that you probably don’t really love God?
Your response would probably include something about “You can’t tell me I don’t love God” or “You aren’t God. You don’t know my heart.” And you would be correct. I’m not an authority that is writing this to say you don’t love God.
What I am saying is that there is more to “loving God” than what most of us may realize.
Let’s start simply:
Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 John 2:15-16
This may be a comparison you have seen, heard or even spoken of before. “You can’t love the things of the earth and love God.” The lust of the flesh, our sin nature, falls in love with what the word has to offer. And there is a lot. Our sin nature is attracted to the money, fame, fun, and craziness of the world. I mean, let’s be real. We all want to be famous. We all want money. Why? Because our flesh desires the fulfillment through these things. It looks good to the eye. It feels good to the heart for a little while. John tells us if we love these things, love for God is not in our hearts. There is not possible way to chase after fame, money, power and sex and still have a desire to love God.
When a true love for God is present, our desires reciprocate that of the Creator of the universe. Our hearts become fixated on living in a way to glorify God in all we do and loving and serving others.
So, let’s go a little deeper:
What if I now say that our love for God sets on our love for Jesus?
You’ve probably seen the athlete thank “the Man upstairs” after a career performance or a last-second winning play.
You’ve probably also seen the athlete humbly thank “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Public acknowledgement of faith is crucial in our walk (Matthew 10:32).
“What’s the difference between the two?”
In John 10:30 Jesus says “I and the Father are one.”
Our love for God is dependent on our love for Jesus. Jesus and God are one. You can say you love God and have no desire to live for Jesus. You can say you love God and believe there is a supreme being somewhere in the sky. You can’t love who Jesus is and not love who God is. Jesus is the heart of the nature of God’s nature and character.
If we truly love God, we love who Jesus is. We love Christ’s birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection. We love the action of God to send Jesus to redeem us.
You can say you love God and not. You can say you love Jesus and not.
Our love for God is exposed through our speech, actions, and love for others. Our love for God is translated through our hearts. When we love God, we love Jesus. When we love Jesus, we love people. When we love people, we love God.
Our love for God determines the way we live. Think back to the verses from 1 John. Our love for God eliminates love for the world. The “good things” the world has to offer are no longer good. Our good comes from desiring hearts formed after God’s own heart.
So I ask, do you truly love God? Do you acknowledge what God has done? Do you love who Jesus is and what he has done for us? Or do you love the idea of a supreme being looking down and working for our success and happiness?
If you made it this far, know I love you. If you didn’t read this, still know I love you (I know that’s slightly redundant).
Let God’s love expose your heart.
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