Thursday, June 07, 2007

To Love God is to Worship Him

"Do you know what God desires most from you? It's the one thing no other person on earth can give Him--your affection. Although thousand other people can do the work, give the bucks, fill the one else can give God the unique affection that only you and He can share." ~ Louie Giglio; The Air I Breathe

One of the great desires of our hearts is to be desired by someone else, to be loved and cherished. I don't know about you, but one of the goals I have for my life is to find someone who will love me just for who I am. This is the great hope of every person who has ever walked down the aisle to be married: to be loved and cherished. Every marriage begins with the hope that this is the relationship that will produce the love they long to have.

The reality is that most marriages fail to live up to the hope. The reason is because the only relationship which can really fill this desire to be loved unconditionally is our relationship with God. He created us with this longing so we would seek Him. Without God in our lives no relationship or activity will satisfy our desire to be loved.

As we are overwhelmed by the love of God, there is only one response that is worthy: love Him back. God wants us to desire Him, not because He has a great need to be loved, but because that is what is best for us. He allows us to feel empty and our lives to be meaningless so when we discover Him we will desire Him as our All in All.
{9} God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. {10} This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10; NLT)

God's love for us always precedes our love for Him. It is God's desire for us to know Him and be in a relationship with Him that is both real and personal. It is amazing to think about, but when we are in a personal relationship with God it brings Him pleasure:
{4}Long ago even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. {5}His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:4-5; NLT)

The desire of our hearts is to be accepted for who we are. God extends unconditional love to us through Jesus Christ. When we experience God's love there is only one response we can make and that is to love Him back. Simply by responding to the love God has given us, we give Him what He desires: our affection.

When we have an emptiness in our heart the thing to do is not find a new relationship. No matter how exciting or wonderful that might be. In time the excitement will wear off and it too will become unsatisfying. The thing to do for the lonely heart is to start giving God our affection. For this is the only relationship which is able to satisfy the desire of our hearts.

1 comment:

Joy in the Journey said...

Remember you did not choose Me, no I have chosen you.

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