First hand lovers
May 13, 2013 | by: Jason Shiels | 0 Comments
Just a few thoughts today...and a question:
'Do we love God Himself or the concept and idea of loving God?'
It's an important one because God is calling His people back to 'First Love' with Himself...He praised the Ephesian church in Revelation 2 for their hard work and perseverance but called them to return to how they had begun their journey - to KNOW and LOVE God personally. God saves and brings us out of slavery to sin and selfishness (think Egypt!) to bring us firstly and foremostly to HIMSELF,
You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Exodus 19v4
The following quote by Jack Deere offers an insight then into how intimacy with the Lord then becomes the foundation for all our living for God in the world,
I want passionate feelings to characterize my relationship with the Lord Jesus. Of course, I want to be perfectly obedient to the Lord, but I want the obedience to spring out of a passionate love for him. I want to obey Jesus not simply out of discipline of duty, or because of some reward or fear of punishment. I want to serve Him simply for the joy of being able to please the one I love so much. If discipline is what ultimately drives us in our pursuit of Jesus, eventually we will give up that pursuit. But a man in love, or a woman in love will never quit.... I want my life to be characterized by an unrestrained affection for the Son of God
Quick question to finish, do you KNOW God personally? Or do you even want to know Him personally? If not thats just dry old 'religious ways' and God has so much more for us in wanting us to KNOW Him through Christ, by the Holy Spirit. The finished work of the cross offers us the most amazing grace. It is free but did not come cheap. God takes away and then adds free of charge to us! He takes away our sin and rebellious independence and then He adds Himself by His Spirit and gives us a new redeemed nature. Through the crucified Saviour there is so much more than just following some system of belief or moral code, no, God brings us to Himself...that is the greatest of all privileges and can become the greatest of all delights....
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