Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It’s all about Love

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God has designed us to be in relationship with Him. Naturally, we try to compare our relationship with God, our Creator, to relationships with other people on earth to help us get a glimpse for what our relationship with Him can look like.

So often we hear about how God relates to us, because He conveys every earthly relationship to us. He is our Father, our best friend, our Savior; He mother’s us, shelters us, defends us. He is our King, our Lord, our Creator.

But what about the opposite--how do you relate to Him?

I have seen in my own life that though there are times when I view God as my Father, Protector, and Savior. I am accustomed to living my own kind of life of faith and I naturally fall into treating Him like a really great friend. And God’s been showing me that’s not enough.

God wants me to love Him--to love Him with a love that is more passionate, selfless, and faithful than the best lover dreamed up in a romance story. God wants me to love Him better than I love my closest friends, better than I love my family, and better than I love my husband. Quite frankly, that seems impossible.

Especially when I feel like I could do so much better at being a friend, sister, daughter, and wife. How could I even possibly be better than that, for God??

It gets so easy to just put forth as much effort as fits into my schedule, which in many earthly relationships is accepted and the norm. Grace is so key to who God is, right? And my friends are so forgiving--God is so much more so, right?

God is full of forgiveness, and He has put my mistakes and sin as far from me as the east is from the west. He says not to worry, and to take it one day at a time. Yet all of these truths get so easily twisted into a solid path of excuses that leaves me walking just within reach of Jesus, if I stretch--but certainly not enveloped in His arms, walking in His footsteps, and in the place He wants me to be.

What does it look like to really love someone? How do I want to be loved? How do I want to treat the most important people in my life? That’s what I’ve been chewing on lately. Though there is so much to dive into on this topic, for now, it boils down to one thing.

The truth is this: I don’t have a right relationship with God if my time--my life--doesn’t reflect that He is most important. Period. No questions, no excuses. If I don’t meet with God every day, intentionally, I am not honoring Him; I am not loving God according to His call on my life.

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