We are all the same
No matter where I go in the world I find a common truth amongst Christians.
We are all fixated on how much we love God. We spend all our time trying and trying to love him more.
Yet, there’s always a nagging question the back of our mind’s, “do I love Him enough?”
You see, most Christians get things upside down. We think that we are here to love God, but that’s not entirely true.
You aren’t here to love God
God did not create us so that we could love Him, God created us so that we could receive His love.
Now don’t get me wrong, you will love God and God desires that you would love him in response to His love. But your primary purpose on this planet is to receive your Father’s lavish unconditional love.
Not realising this has caused us to focus on ourselves rather than God.
I would hope that by this point in your Christian walk, you have figured out this is a bad idea. Any gospel that takes the focus off of Christ and puts it onto us is no gospel at all!
God has never needed your love. Whereas there has never been a second where you have not needed His.
You see, if you’re asking yourself the question, “do I love Him enough?” You are asking the wrong question.
The question should not be do I love Him enough, but rather, am I receiving His love enough. How open are you to receiving His love for you?
So what’s the solution?
1 John 4v19 says that we can only love because God first loved us.
The truth is, if you do not know that God loves you, you will never be able to love Him in return. The degree to which you have received His love is the degree to which you can give Him love.
The desire to love God is a great one, it’s a healthy desire. But it cannot be the source of our love for God.
When our love for God is based in our attempts to love Him it will always come up short. It must be based in His love for us.
Let me challenge you.
If you are stuck in introspection, focusing on your ability to love God and you feel burdened because you know that you can’t love Him enough.
Rest in the knowledge that you were never made to love God in your own strength. He has always hoped that your love for Him would be an over flowing response to His love for you.
If you are desperate to grow in your love for God today there is one sure-fire way to do so. Stop trying and just let Him love you. Focus on how much he loves you and watch an abundance of love come overflowing out of your heart towards Him today.
If you’d like to study this some more I’d encourage you to check out my podcast – Episode #004 is all about this topic.