Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
I hope you all are having a great Saturday. I love love, but I realized that I don’t love it as much as the one who created me. God loves love. Like for reals… God loves love. So much so, that he desired someone to love deeply and that is why he made us: man and woman. He wanted to love and to be loved. I think that is why we all have this innate desire to be loved because we were made in the image of our Creator. So, we have a God that has everything, a huge house, streets made of money, angels who serve on the regular and there is still something missing- us. To fulfill a need, God created mankind to love him, each other and all that he has placed into the Earth. How beautiful is the understanding that God made us to love us? He didn’t need any more servants, he had plenty (angels); he didn’t need any more beautiful things, he made so many (stars, flowers, etc.); he didn’t need any more houses, he had a huge one with a shiny throne on the inside; he didn’t need any more money, for his streets were made of gold. But there was one single need, God needed someone to love. He needed someone to lavish love upon, to demonstrate love to, he needed someone to love well. Because of this and this alone, he created you and I. I was created because God wanted someone to love.
When we come to the place where we see our Heavenly Father as a lover of love and not a beacon of hatred and terror, it is then that we can appreciate the sacrifice of his Son. We get so caught up at seeing God as this hard taskmaster, waiting for us to mess up- hating us for what we do that we lose sight of the reason by which we were created. We were created to love and to be loved by Him. Do you know why God hates sin? I mean, really know? It’s because sin creates separation between us and Him. When God created Eden and formed man in the garden, scripture speaks of a time where man and God were not separated. He was our homie, hanging out every waking moment. I could imagine, man and God fishing together or taking walks on the nature trails, or even sitting up late to count the stars- all TOGETHER. As soon as Adam and Eve ate that dreaded fruit, they were aware of one of the biggest evils known to man: BAD SEPARATION. Think about it: all criminal activity results in bad separation. When we steal, we separate the owner from their possession. When we kill, we separate that person from their loved ones, co-workers, and just the world. When we engage in adultery and various sexual affairs, we separate a person from a covenant they made with their partner. All pain stems from some type of bad separation: whether separation from joy, peace, trust or happiness. GOD NEVER DESIGNED OUR WORLD TO BE FILLED WITH SEPARATION FROM WHAT’S GOOD. However, this is the mission of sin. Sin is designed, advertised and encouraged to breed separation from God and good and its biggest hype man is the thief, the accuser, Satan.
I bet you’re like whoah, wasn’t expecting the Sunday School lesson and that may be the case, but I’m sharing all of this so that you all may gain a deeper understanding of the one who designed you, who formed you and called you good. It is my desire that you may know Him and know Him rightly.
So, we have this Lover who made us to be loved and here we are loving everything but Him. I mean we love our jobs more than Him, we love our significant others/spouses more than Him, we even love our pets more than Him. Though He designed us to be loved and to love Him well, we don’t in fact- many of us aren’t even submitted to Him, yet He loves us anyway. I remember a time in my life when I loved everything more than I loved Him. I mean, I sought for things to replace His spot in my life. Time progressed, people entered my life and people left but yet He was still there seeking to love me. How beautiful it is to be loved consistently. His love didn’t waver because of my behavior and I didn’t have to work to earn His love, He freely gave it time and time again. His ultimate goal is a relationship that would stand the test of eternity. He desires that there would be no separation between Him and me.
This is the One whom I live for. An honest guy who loves love, who hates sin because it causes separation and who desires to love and be loved by me. This is the core of who He is. Every other quality, trait, and characteristic is like a beautiful bonus: icing on the cake to the solid foundation of who He is. May you rest in the simplicity of his decision to love you. He decided to love you before he made you, seeking to demonstrate his love for you throughout each day of your life. Bad things happen. I know and the question comes, if God loves me why did this happen? This is the question I’ve asked multiple times, but then I came to the understanding that God is not the orchestrator of the bad things in my life. He’s not out here seeking to make me sad, or to destroy my esteem or to take life from me. There’s another presence at work, super jealous that God loves me with all of my flaws – so he works overtime to cause me to doubt this love I was given. The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy and he is responsible for the evil we see in this world. “For I have come that you may have life, and life more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10) God desires that I live and that I live to the fullness, only someone who loves us can hope so deeply that we live well.
I am loved. I was created to be loved. I was created to love God. I was created to love others well. This is the core of why I am here, this is who I am.