“There’s nothing you can do that will cause God to love you more, and there’s nothing you can do that will cause God to love you less.” I love that statement. It resonates with me as someone who still struggles to truly allow God to transform into a new creation more and more in the likeness of Christ. It’s a reminder that God’s love for humanity, corporately and individually, is greater than we can comprehend, unconditional and as unchanging as he is. However, I’ve come to a realization that my fixation on the truth of that statement has led to a blind spot in my faith that needs to be reconciled. I share this because I would wager I am not the only one.
The reality of God’s unchanging and beyond comprehending love is not simply a truth to rest in with a sigh of relief and not live a life shaped by guilt and fear of God’s wrath. It is a statement that leads to a therefore statement. It’s a statement that leads to a “so what?” God’s unconditional and unfathomable love therefore should lead to an unchanging and deep love for God. My love for God needs to grow to the point of likewise being without condition, and so deep that it oozes out every part of my life because it can’t be contained. I’m not talking necessarily about the passionate love that I often try to stoke and produce through a worship experience. I’m talking about the kind of uncontained love that knows and does naturally the things that the object of love desires. I’m talking about the kind of love that declares it to the world and more importantly whispers it to the one they love when alone together.
Personally that is the kind of love that I find myself lacking. Too often I’m busy obsessing over God’s love for myself, or growing complacent in my assurance of his love for me. As great as God’s love for me is it doesn’t make me the center of the universe. Which all adds up to my love for him becoming increasingly passive over time until it eventually becomes platonic. It’s not a good place to be. As much as I love the aforementioned phrase I need to allow it to do what it is meant to do in my heart and life. God’s great and glorious love is a revelation that he is center of the universe and to be loved back.
Scripture for Reflection
- Deuteronomy 6.1-9
- Psalm 33 & 34
- John 15.9-10
- Colossians 3.12-17
- 1st John 3.5-6, 23-24 & 4.17-18
- Revelation 2.5-6