Something beautiful that I feel like God keeps putting in front of me is about our love for Him. His love for us is so infinitely important to us and our identity, but there is a beautiful verse that I know I was getting wrong for years, and once He explained it to me and it got twisted around in my head, it revolutionized my life.
“If you love me you will obey me.”
I am sure we have heard it a million times. And if you are anything like me, you always thought that it was about the obedience. If we just try harder to be an obedient child, if we can just get it all right, if we can just be perfect then He would see how we love Him.
While that comes out of a right motivation of wanting to prove our love, the way we go about it us incredibly backward.
It isn’t about how our love for Him is proved by our obedience. It is about our heart posture.
He wants to be in relationship with us. Love is so multifaceted. To love is to have a relationship with; you can’t love someone you don’t know. It’s really hard to love someone you don’t know the furthest thing about and the best way to do that is to spend time with that person, ask them questions, hear their heart.
Here’s where it flips on its head for me.
It’s not out of striving to obey that our love for Him comes. It is out of our great love for Him and out of a relationship that obedience flows naturally. It’s not something we have to try to do right. It’s a natural and organic expression for our love.
We focus so much on the obedience part. But that’s not it at all. God wanted us to focus on loving Him. Adore, be enamored with, seek out, sink into and dwell in.
Spend your time adoring Him, spend your time dwelling in His presence and growing in your knowledge of Him. Spend your time seeking Him out because you just want to know Him and because you love spending time with Him. Know Him by diving deep in His word all the time so that who He is and His nature becomes like 2+2=4 in your head. Know him so deeply that you can’t bear to spend time apart.
And out of that will flow obedience.
By God’s Grace