The origin of love
1 John 4:8 (NIV)
…God is love.
God is love.
It’s not just that He loves perfectly but love originates in Him.
So He can’t do anything unloving and everything He does, He does it out of love.
Now following that logic, God wants you to be consumed with what brings you greatest joy and satisfaction.
So whatever is good and great He wants you to have.
And God being bigger than life or anything we can get our heads around, wouldn’t let us just settle for something less than the best—that wouldn’t be loving.
The most sinister act in the universe
Don’t call me a heretic but if my logic is correct—if God could point you to something greater than Himself He would do it. And He would do it because that’s who He is.
But there isn’t.
There’s nothing better, more beautiful, more perfect, more amazing than God Himself.
This means that for Him not to draw you to Himself in worship and complete surrender would not be loving.
We read verses like the following and think God must be an egotistical maniac:
Isaiah 48:11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
Isaiah 43:7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory,
Isaiah 49:3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But for Him not to demand glory for Himself and nothing else would be the most hateful and unloving thing He could do.
It would be the most sinister act in the universe
The most loving act in the universe
He’s not an egotistical maniac He is the perfect expression of love.
Everything good and perfect thing comes from Him…..Everything! (James 1:17)
To not demand our affection is to allow us to pursue something empty of any worth. For God to watch us struggle in a cosmic obstacle course competing for a prize that is not there would be sinister.
But He doesn’t.
Instead, he calls out to us:
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
(Proverbs 1:20-23 (NIV)
If God could point you to something greater He would but He can’t because there isn’t.
So He does the most loving thing in the universe and calls you to Himself.