Read 1 Corinthians 13:3-7 and Luke 9:57-62.
God is everything, and He is enough. Why do we so often feel like He’s not enough? Or maybe too much, like He demands all of our time and talents but isn’t enough to fill them? It’s like we think we can’t feel full satisfaction in God. We know down in our faith that this isn’t true, but why can’t we experience the truth?
The answer is surprising: we aren’t enough. We don’t listen to Him or ask Him to reveal Himself to us enough, so we’re left in the dark and don’t truly follow Him. Though we seem to be continually trying to give God our lives, we never get it permanently accomplished, which begs the question: Do we fear what God might be calling us to do more than we fear Him?
God pursues us. He knows our hearts. But He also wants us to seek His heart and learn about Who He is. The good news is we’re never going to totally know God, so we’ll always be able to learn more about Him and run deeper into His heart. The even better news is that in order to really experience and learn about God, we have to get lost in His heart. And when we truly get lost in Him, it’s basically impossible to not fall in love with Him. He doesn’t love us for any personal gain on His own part, and He doesn’t want us to love Him selfishly either.
But we get scared that we’re going to be called to something we don’t want to do. And then what? We either struggle through it at the sacrifice of (*GASP*) our own comfort, or we blatantly say no and refuse to obey God, right? We try to repeatedly remind ourselves that God is in control, He knows what’s best, He loves us, He provides, etc. We try to convince ourselves that following God is what’s best for us, yet we still can’t get anywhere. Have we really forgotten our marvelous Father so fast?
God is perpetually sovereign, the only Almighty God. He can do anything without your permission or consent. He’s the Dad. We’re His kids. He’s always enough; He’s truly everything. But it’s our choice whether we’ll make Him our everything, which means giving up everything else and giving Him everything we are.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
God gave. Even in all His power and splendor and holiness and divinity, He gave us Jesus, His one and only Son, so we can be reconciled to Him. He gave. He gave without any promise we would give in return. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) God’s already in love with us. As Christians, He holds our hearts, and He wants us to know His heart. He wants us to fall in love with Him too. Why? Because who doesn’t want his love to be returned? And when He is ultimately the One we have always wanted, why not? Let us follow God for Him alone and not for any gain of ours. That’s love.
Being in love with God and making Him your everything means being totally consumed by God to the point you don’t see anything else: not what you sacrifice, not how you try to follow Him, not what you want to do instead. He’s your everything!
Lord, thank You for this great love You have given us! Thank You that Your love is so pure and perfect! You don’t love us because we can give You anything, and we can’t give You anything! Thank You for this love! Please help us to deeply love You for Who You are, and let that be what causes us to follow You! Please help us love You unselfishly and let You consume us. In King Jesus’ Name i pray. Hallelujah! God, You’re my everything! Amen.