Friday, January 28, 2011

It's All About Love (3)

If you are "late to the party," read my last two posts here, and then here.

- "God is most glorified, when we are most satisfied in Him." - John Piper
- "Love God and do as you please." - Augustine

- "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart" - King David (Ps. 37:4)

Let me start by asking you a question; do you love God more than anything? I mean, really, do you love and treasure God more than any other thing...any of it? More than your stuff? More than your wife/husband? More than your children? What is love anyways?

Take a look at that quote from Piper. What do you think; do you agree with it? I do, and here's why. God, who is all-sufficient, all-knowing, everywhere, for some reason delighted to share His glory with us, sinful men. That's right, God's glory, shared with us (for more on this, read my post here). God's glory, on us. What words could I type to wrap around this concept? None. What does God ask from us? To sell out to Him...heart, mind, soul and strength. To LOVE Him...with everything. To seek Him and find Him. What's the first commandment? Thou shalt have no other gods...none! Nothing should replace God in our lives. No material things, no people, no children, no goals/dreams or aspirations, NOTHING. God's command is to put Him first in everything.

In other words, when we find our total satisfaction in Him and Him alone, He is most glorified. Make sense? He has shared or placed His glory on us and when we love him fully, He is glorified in us.

And that brings us to Augustine's quote...if, and only if we are loving God in this way, then yes, do whatever you want. It's what Nathan the prophet told David in 1 Chronicles 17:2:

"Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you." The truth is, God is with everyone who loves Him fully.

Which brings us to the third quote up above in Psalm 37:4...when you delight yourself in God, find your sole satisfaction in Him, then He will give you the desires of your heart.

Stop: this doesn't mean that there's some kind of cosmic equation at work; "if I love God, he will give me that boat/car/vacation/money/wife/son/daughter _____ I've always wanted..." This is not a cheap kind of love that is self-seeking...this is a reckless love. A love that will risk all, a blind-love that sees God for who He is. A love that will stop at nothing...a love that is so blind that the only thing that matters is pleasing God. He wants us to love Him, yes, but for the right reasons. We love Him by loving His son. How did Jesus describe to us the way He wants us to love Him?

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-45)

God has invited us into His kingdom. Will you enter? Will you forsake everything for Him?

How do you get there? I have some thoughts on that too, coming soon, but first, do what I'm doing right now. Pray. Pray hard. Seek Him. Fast. Give. Serve. Read. Know Him. Learn Him. And whatever you do, don't ever stop running to Him.

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